Good Writing Skills Are Essential - page 4

Feeling overwhelmed by her many job duties, the director of nursing (don) hastily sent out the following memorandum to the nursing staff at her facility. Instead of it being a polished professional... Read More

  1. by   la_chica_suerte85
    Quote from VickyRN
    Well said, brillohead. One of the high schools in my area is encouraging the kids to write their assignments in "ebonics," if they desire to do so. Now, just how far do you think these kids will get in the real dog-eat-dog world, once they graduate, and they fill out their applications or resumes using ebonics? Our education system is miserably failing our children, particularly minority children.
    I've never seen or heard of this but now it makes sense to me. I took a sociology class a very long time ago and I remember it mentioning something called "Black American English." What?!? I suppose they mean to say ebonics but come on...really!?! I really could not accept how this could be a valid thing. This is institutional racism gone literal. Encourage them to write in a way that is inconsistent with what is the standard and see what the results will be.
  2. by   nurseprnRN
    How did some of these people graduate school?
    Schools graduate students. Students graduate from schools.

    I know it's really trendy now to say, "I graduated high school," like maybe it somehow sounds more impressive than, "I graduated from high school," but it's illiteracy in action.

    Life and death depend on it.

    Death depends on communication? How's that again?
    Did you mean to say, "Good communication may be a matter of life and death"?
  3. by   babychickens
    To nurseprnRN: If you started your sentences with capitals I'd take your post more seriously.
  4. by   Joe V
    A great read for new students!
  5. by   carruthers61
    I may not be as polished as most of you that have commented. It truly is a struggle for me to write a research paper and site my sources. I can distinguish between your, you're and there and their but writing papers these days for some is truly challenging
  6. by   subee
    Quote from carruthers61
    I may not be as polished as most of you that have commented. It truly is a struggle for me to write a research paper and site my sources. I can distinguish between your, you're and there and their but writing papers these days for some is truly challenging
    But you could still be the President. Someone who can't distinguish their from there is getting a good paid job.
  7. by   AFutureNP
    Yes! For students, take the time to brush up on your writing skills because every scholarship or fellowship I've ever applied to required at least one essay. This is a case where a lack of proper grammar could actually cost you an opportunity.
    Last edit by AFutureNP on Jun 18 : Reason: clarity
  8. by   brillohead
    Quote from carruthers61
    I may not be as polished as most of you that have commented. It truly is a struggle for me to write a research paper and cite my sources. I can distinguish between your, you're and there and their but writing papers these days for some is truly challenging
    Fixed that for you.

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