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Few and Plain Is Best

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Some writing advice from John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Ruskin was a writer and artist, but is best known as an art critic during the Victorian Era. His words here are both wise and pithy. “Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them and in the plainest possible words or …

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Why You Should Never Assign a 500-Word Essay

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Assigning papers of arbitrary length reinforces bad writing habits.

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In Defense of Red Ink

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Why is red ink so maligned? And why are schools outlawing the use of red ink to mark student papers?

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Why Multitasking Is Bad for Learning

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Lots of teens swear they are effective multi-taskers, assuring parents and teachers that texting and Facebooking not only don’t distract …

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It’s Good to Know Stuff, Part 3

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In Parts 1 and 2 I explained how I answer the perennial student question, “Why do I have to know …

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