Highschools in U.S. Emphasize Writing
November 1, 2006 § 5 Comments
I recall my 7th grade English teacher named Dr. Faber at Valley Forge Middle School in Stratford, PA. Dr. Faber was at the time the smartest person I had ever met, and still to this day even being surrounded by scholars and ‘academites’ of every variety, she remains one of the smartest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Dr. Faber was the only grade school teacher that I had ever met that truly had a polished and sincere respect for the art and science of writing, I believe that she instilled the same values in her students which for me resulted in a few essays and blog posts such as, Flesh and Fangs: Risk and Ridicule in Writing, a recent article posted on this blog. These essays and articles receive a very mild amount of attention but the feedback is positive and I owe Dr. Faber some credit which is why I am mentioning her, because she knew the value of writing and shared her knowledge with her students.
Now more than 20 years later a new initiative in the U.S. is surfacing in education. U.S. school are pushing to increase competency in writing as reported by journalist Marianne Holland,
“More high schools around the country are emphasizing the need for all students to be good writers. In Indianapolis, some math teachers are even integrating lessons about writing into their teaching.” (M. Holland, NPR)