It is noted that the skill of writing has become more important in today’s world but is has been discovered that many students are failing at this skill. That is why John Warner was consulted on his ideas on how this problem can be solved. John Warner has spent the last twenty years teaching writing at colleges and his last book was titled “Why They Can’t Write.” He states that the problem to why students are unable to develop the skill of writing has to do with technology. The technology that were developed to help them be better at writing has made them copy and paste writers. Warner is not anti-tech though and he has been active in publishing magazines for the internet. He states that the writing he sees on social media by students is remarkably great. He states that the problem comes when kids are asked to write essays in schools and are encouraged to follow some arbitrary rules. They almost always fail in this task. It was because of his eloquence in presenting his views that was why he was interviewed by the authors of this podcast.
- One issue challenging the writing ability of student’s today is technology that supports a one-size fits all approach.
- Students are often graded on how well they imitate certain styles rather than truly learning how to write effectively.
- Understanding a good piece of writing is much different than knowing how to write it.
“Writing is more important than ever, but many of today’s students are lousy at it.”