The National Commission on Writing has described the disastrous consequences of bad writing in America – for businesses, professions, educators, consumers, and citizens. Poorly written reports, memos, announcements, and messages cost us time and money. They are blood clots in the body politic. The flow of information is blocked. Crucial problems go unsolved. Opportunities for reform and efficiency are buried.
Throughout ones entire education, a strong emphasis is placed on writing skills. In elementary school we are forced to practice basic spelling, grammar and sentence structure day after day. In high school and university we are given essay after essay to complete, each with half of the focus geared toward content and the other half based on the actual writing skills. But what happens once we leave school behind? Are these skills that we worked endlessly to hone no longer of use?