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January 19, 2011

It's One Space After a Period, Not Two

"Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong," Slate columnist Farhad Manjoo writes in a recent editorial. Old-fashioned typewriters used monospaced type, which produced a lot of white space between characters and words, so using two spaces after a period ...

October 14, 2010

The Write Stuff

Arguing that high school students should be required to write a "serious research paper" before graduation, Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews highlights the example of a Virginia physics teacher who requires all of his honors students to enter a national science essay-writing contest. ...

September 28, 2010

The 'Subversive' Art of Teaching Grammar

Miss Eyre fesses up to a subversive act: teaching a lesson on the mechanics of writing.

May 26, 2010

Why Can't Students Write?

A college teacher, citing some pretty ugly statistics, wonders why so many students come to college not knowing the fundamentals of decent writing, and suggests we need to rethink "the way writing is taught in high school -- and, perhaps, the way teachers are compensated." A respondent—also a...

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