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Writing: A Ticket to Work . . . Or a Ticket Out – A Survey of Business Leaders - According to this business survey, corporations spend several billion dollars annually to improve writing among employees. This report, which surveyed 120 human resource directors in companies affiliated with Business Roundtable, concludes that the ability to write opens doors to professional employment. The survey results indicate that businesses believe that people who cannot write and communicate clearly will not be hired and are unlikely to last long enough to be considered for promotion. Also, more than 40 percent of responding firms offer or require training for salaried employees with writing deficiencies. (The National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges, September 2004)...

Why Writing Matters - This excerpt summarizes the main points of Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools. The authors observe that, while American educators have long bemoaned the poor quality of student writing, the standards for quality writing have risen, and the importance of the craft in the classroom and beyond has taken unprecedented importance. Because Writing Matters proposes that students write more in all subject areas, as well as in a greater variety of writing tasks. (An excerpt from the introduction of Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools, National Writing Project and Carl Nagin, Jossey-Bass, 2003)...


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