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  •  College is going that way as well. (1+ / 0-)
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    Where I work many of the young new hires with BS degrees in chemistry or electrical engineering.  Can not compose a sentence. And I thought I was bad with my shitty spelling from an edumacation in the 1960's and 70's.

    •  So long as we're sharing ... (2+ / 0-)
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      teacherken, captainlaser

      I increasingly find that folks in their 20s coming into my company cannot write.  And they need to write in this work.

      One comes to mind ... bright kid.  Went to a good university.  Was editor of the nationally known, well-respected campus newspaper.  Did a prestigious fellowship.

      CANNOT write.

      Thinks he can ... uses lots of words, lots and lots of words.  Big words.  Buzz words.  Jargon words.  Sentences stretch across lines and down pages.  

      It's incomprehensible.  Turgid.  Unreadable.

      And he doesn't know he can't write -- he thinks he's a good writer.

      Why did no one ever tell him?

      My HS English teachers would have eviscerated those paragraphs, again and again, until he learned to do better.

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