@ all my teachers in high school, LISTEN UP (please).
For several semesters I taught a college first-year composition (FYC) course, where the students were required to write a variety of assignments focused on their own literary development. Write about someone who influenced your writing/reading/language development, for instance. Or write about a problem you encountered with your literary development. As a result, I’ve seen a lot of student perspectives on what makes a good or bad literary education. Here are some of the worst things my students’ high school English teachers told them about writing.
Facts Don’t Matter
I am 95% certain this advice is meant primarily for standardized tests like the writing section of the SAT. I assume the teachers meant to convey something like, “If you want to write about the American Civil War to make a point, don’t agonize over remembering exactly how many people died at Gettysburg. Estimate the number and move on because the test…
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