October 15, 2012
An Old-School Notion: Writing Required
Too many students aren't learning enough.
That alarm was sounded by the book Academically Adrift two years ago and has been the theme of numerous articles and conferences since. It also underlies the frustrations of employers who find recent graduates ill-prepared for the workplace.
What if colleges, in their search to more clearly demonstrate how much students are learning, insisted on an old-fashioned requirement: writing?