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Announcement: Executive Director of Writing Programs needed

Azusa Pacific University, a private, Christian university in Southern California, has an enrollment of 10,000 graduate, professional, and undergraduate students. We seek a Writing Program Administrator to oversee and direct our writing program.



Ending the Use of "Sloppy Copy"


I have long respected what K-12 teachers do. If anything, I meant to convey some of this respect in my recent post “The Blame Game.”

So I hope it is clear that have no desire to criticize elementary school teachers. But because my First Year students sometimes express reductive ideas about how writing should be done, I am concerned with how writing tasks are being represented at all levels of education. And there is one all-too-common way that writing is represented in the lower grades that is catchy and, well, cute. It is also misleading.