"I'm curious as to why we think all students need to write well."—faculty member in discussion about requirements and standards
Friday, November 6, 2009
The Write Stuff
Oh, I don't know:
Because this is an institution of higher learning?
So that they won't be illiterate idiots?
In fairness, I believe the point had something to do with the need to value visual arts and expressive culture, as well. No argument there, in principle.
The fact remains, however: Many skills are important, but in a given context, there are hierarchies. There is, after all, a reason that, when I go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to renew my driver's license, I am given a vision rather than hearing test.
And colleagues wonder why people hold us and our institutions of higher learning in such low esteem.