“Many college kids can hardly write a proper English sentence, never mind a proper essay.” Bruce Price
“Recent studies show that English teachers know little about the language they’re supposed to teach.” Ibid
“I am about a decade into my teaching career, but even within this fairly short span, I have noticed a startling decline in the quality of written work turned in by my students, regardless of which institution (community college, private four-year school) the papers are coming from.” Ibid
Bruce Deitrick Price, American Thinker, September 18, 2017
Many college kids can hardly write a proper English sentence, never mind a proper essay. Meanwhile, the essay-writing industry is huge, churning out tens of thousands of illegal documents. Naturally, all participants in the scam pretend there’s no scam, and so the scam can go on.
Here’s a recent, terrifying report from an editor:
My organization decided a few weeks back that we needed to hire a new professional staff person. We had close to 500 applicants. Inasmuch as the task was to help us communicate information related to the work we do, we gave each of the candidates one of the reports we published last year and asked them to produce a one-page summary. All were college graduates. Only one could produce a satisfactory summary. That person got the job.
Here is a good indication of how bad things already were 40 years ago. One investigator concluded:
If you think America’s English teachers have gone “back to basics” and are solving the literacy problem everyone began shouting about in the 1970s, think again. Recent studies show that English teachers know little about the language they’re supposed to teach. They get poor training in writing at college and, as a group, are bad writers.