Education: The Righting of Writing

From kindergarten on up, Americans are wrestling with the word

The first time that Third-Grader Brian wrote a paper for his writing class in Atkinson, N.H., it began like this: "I have a problem with my ribs. If I get hurt on my left side I can't breathe." Prodded to think it out more carefully by his teacher, University of New Hampshire Education Professor Donald Graves, Brian realized he was trying to describe a past event, not a current pain. On his second attempt he wrote: "Once when I was in second grade, I was...

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