Education: Writing Wrongs

The governments attention to the poor has went from benine concern to malignant neglect.

This example of writing wrongs by a Michigan State University student appears in the current issue of the school's alumni magazine. Last fall about 11% of M.S.U.'s 7,700 freshmen were required to take a remedial course in English. Says English Instructor Mary Davis: "Even though they can talk to you as sophisticated and aware 18-year-olds, their voice on paper is that of a ten-year-old."

The same problem exists at scores of other colleges. Cornell, Stanford and Wisconsin have established special writing-improvement centers that students attend voluntarily. At Yale, for...

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