We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you can't write coherent and grammatical English, it is difficult to get a job outside academia.
As a result of the Junior Literary Critic method used for teaching Composition in high school and college English, I developed a LOATHING for writing. One reason I chose Engineering was to avoid writing papers. I discovered that Senior Lab involved writing a 20 page lab report every week- work split up among four team members. I discovered that my writing was far from the worst among my team members.
All professionals need to be able to write clearly and concisely.
I no longer loathe writing. Writing became easier for me with the advent of digital writing tools.
For science and engineering majors--you still have to communicate, so writing skills are as important as your knowledge in the major. If you cannot communicate you will be stuck at the bottom no matter your knowledge. And the more you write the better you will be at it, so in the words of Nike...just do it.
Back when I worked for the federal government, there was one ethnic group who was allowed to produce presentations and reports that were riddled with grammatical errors - but everyone else (including recent immigrants) had to write clearly and use correct grammar, even in emails.
As a result, when a member of said ethnic group did create documents using correct grammar they would get this question asked in an innocent tone of voice: "Did you write this yourself??".
Moral of the story: The soft bigotry of low expectations is real, and double standards suck.
I like Facebook, but I hate that their notes section isn't as appealing as MySpace's blogs. I've recently transferred a blog from MySpace to Facebook using the "share" icon located beneath each blog.. . However, I do not like the way it appears on my Facebook page. Are there any better ways to import my blogs?.