Daily Archives: April 18, 2007

The 3 R’s

So I know the 3 R’s aren’t really three R’s, but seriously, I think schools these days might be missing the point of the 3 Rs. This year time and time again I’ve talked to students about what they write. I’ve said we need specific details and leave the opinion out and find the facts and a million other things I’ve said over the years. It’s nothing new. What is new: the kids can’t write a sentence without a mistake. They don’t get subject-verb or sentence-fragment or comma usage. I’m not asking for the difference between a comma and a semi-colon or for the definition of a gerund vs. an infinitive. I don’t want them to diagram a sentence. I want clean writing free of opinion in full sentence format. These kids can annotate Tolkein, they know the definition of aphorism and dactyl, they read Dickens and Wharton and Fitzgerald. WHY CAN’T THEY WRITE SENTENCES?!?!?! There’s no quick fix here. It’s not like the argument people make for using calculators and learning Algebra earlier. This is driving me crazy.

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