SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] Smackdown: Edward Tufte vs. Don Norman
Re: [Sigia-l] Smackdown: Edward Tufte vs. Don Norman
throwing more fuel on the fire... ;-)
NYTimes - Devoid of Content
WE are at that time of year when millions of American college and high
school students will stride across the stage, take diploma in hand and set
out to the wider world, most of them utterly unable to write a clear and
coherent English sentence. How is this possible? The answer is simple and
even obvious: Students can't write clean English sentences because they are
not being taught what sentences are.
Most composition courses that American students take today emphasize content
rather than form, on the theory that if you chew over big ideas long enough,
the ability to write about them will (mysteriously) follow. The theory is
wrong. Content is a lure and a delusion, and it should be banished from the
classroom. Form is the way.
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