The Helena IR writes about effective writing; tomorrow I will write about weight loss.

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In my ten years of reading the Independent Record, I have never laughed so hard as I did after reading the editorial on 11/23/05, suggesting that teachers “often…are not particularly concerned” with the writing of students and that teachers give students pats on the head for regurgitating facts incoherently.

I guess if I were the editors of a newspaper that looks more and more like a collection of livejournal posts, I’d do some serious personal reflection about sloppy writing and thinking before pointing any fingers

If you were to take out the “facts” part, I would assume that the editorial was referring to the average story published in the IR. I guess if I were the editors of a newspaper that looks more and more like a collection of livejournal posts, I’d do some serious personal reflection about sloppy writing and thinking before pointing any fingers.

Absolutely, teachers can do a better job of teaching writing…and many may not devote the time necessary to help their students. In every field, there are people who don’t do a very good job…like editors who substitute cheap shots for analysis, and personal feeling for reporting.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Heh. There’s a typo in your pull quote.

This post is so meta-ironic.

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