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July 05, 2005

Is there NO problem

that doesn't call for Congressional Funding??

States spend nearly a quarter of a billion dollars a year on remedial writing instruction for their employees, according to a new report that says the indirect costs of sloppy writing probably hurt taxpayers even more.

The National Commission on Writing, in a report to be released Tuesday, says that good writing skills are at least as important in the public sector as in private industry. Poor writing not only befuddles citizens but also slows down the government as bureaucrats struggle with unclear instructions or have to redo poorly written work.
The commission is calling for more Congressional funding for the National Writing Project, a professional development program for teachers, and what Kerrey says are proven methods for improving writing instruction in classrooms.

You know how you teach writing? By TEACHING WRITING. Start in GRADE SCHOOL. Stop wasting time in teaching about AIDS to kindergarteners and "self-esteem" to jr. high schoolers and get back to teaching basic skills, like reading, writing and math.

What a radical concept, eh?

Posted by Darleen at July 5, 2005 12:01 AM


Darleen, your concern about this issue has touched me.

As a result, I am sponsoring HR.67362 to form a committee to study the need for congressional study groups for all issues.

Rep. Rubert Q. Hornswoggle.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. :)

Posted by: W. Ian Blanton at July 5, 2005 04:22 PM