When we develop learning, we often write. John McIntyre, editor at the Baltimore Sun (to whom I’ve linked before), gives us a short and moving piece on his shift from prescriptivism to a less strict application of traditional rules of grammar. In short, he realized how much of his professional life “has been wasted making meaningless edits.”
Betsy Barre asks us to consider “what is the point of a teacher?” Taking as her starting point a recent piece in the New York Times that defends lectures as an effective method of teaching, Barre suggests that, instead of covering old ground, we should shift the discussion to a “normative debate about what we think we should be providing our students and why.”
Remember the interrobang? Keith Houston points out how difficult it is to introduce new punctuation marks into the world.
Online learning depends on the internet. W. Ralph Eubanks reminds us that not everyone has broadband, and state extension agents are trying to change that.
Until next time,