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This 1886 Cornell English Syllabus May Explain Why College Students Can’t Write

This 1886 Cornell English Syllabus May Explain Why College Students Can’t Write

Unfortunately, today's colleges aren't improving the writing woes of American students.

Why Schools Need to Go Back to the Basics of Writing

Why Schools Need to Go Back to the Basics of Writing

Is it time to get rid of feelings-based writing instruction?
 

Benjamin Franklin’s 4 Steps to Becoming a Great Writer

Benjamin Franklin’s 4 Steps to Becoming a Great Writer

How did Franklin get to be such a prolific, proficient, and admirable author? The answer is simple...

Education Leader Explains 4 Reasons Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

Education Leader Explains 4 Reasons Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

Do you think we would see a drastic improvement in writing ability if we corrected even one of these areas in today’s schools?

English Prof: 3 Reasons College Students Can’t Write

English Prof: 3 Reasons College Students Can’t Write

Are we churning out a generation of poor communicators because we’re more concerned with keeping up appearances than implementing knowledge?

Has Common Core Made Writing Worse?

Has Common Core Made Writing Worse?

Jay Mathews asserts that today’s Common Core writing standards bore students and discourage writing, and insists we must choose another way.

Psychologist: 8 Ways Parents Can Get a Child to Read

Psychologist: 8 Ways Parents Can Get a Child to Read

Is there a way for parents to encourage reading habits in children who may have learned to handle simple texts, but aren’t turning into avid readers?

Walt Whitman’s (Surprising) Advice to Would-Be Writers

Walt Whitman’s (Surprising) Advice to Would-Be Writers

Three pieces of writing advice from the “Leaves of Grass” poet. 

What Parents can do to Make Children Great Writers

What Parents can do to Make Children Great Writers

Statistics show that nearly three out of four high school seniors are unable to attain proficiency in writing.

One Simple Way to Keep Your Child from Being a Reading Statistic

One Simple Way to Keep Your Child from Being a Reading Statistic

Between 2011 and 2015 the number of American adults who didn’t read a book in the course of a single year went from 1 in 5 to fewer than 1 in 4.

The Real Reason Why We Should Read

The Real Reason Why We Should Read

Words of wisdom from Sir Francis Bacon.

Are Thank-You Notes Becoming a Thing of the Past?

Are Thank-You Notes Becoming a Thing of the Past?

“I should be ungrateful then, if I did not take every Opportunity of expressing my Gratitude….” – Benjamin Franklin, 1735

A Job Listing That Confirms Our Fears about Americans

A Job Listing That Confirms Our Fears about Americans

Knowledgeable readers are a dying breed...

Think the SAT Essay Exam is Hard? Try This One from 1915.

Think the SAT Essay Exam is Hard? Try This One from 1915.

Which exam do you think would be more difficult to pass?

This 1897 Text Gives 3 Clues Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

This 1897 Text Gives 3 Clues Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

Would we see American writing ability increase if these three elements were restored to the classroom?

American Students Can’t Write… Because Schools Never Taught Them How

American Students Can’t Write… Because Schools Never Taught Them How

Today's writing standards only explain what to teach, not how.

Oxford Students Can't Write Either

Oxford Students Can't Write Either

Writing ability has gone to pot in America.