Writing as a lab experience

September 16, 2010

Why is it that so many students who take English end up never reading again? My view is that there is too much preaching. What you need is discussion. A good teacher can bring this about. But what I see too often are science labs. Observation. Analysis. Conclusion. The other thing I have noticed over a number of years is writers who write to be taught. Perhaps it is comforting to imagine young people dissecting and analyzing ever metaphor, image, idea that you come up with. But it does not lead to good writing.

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