According to the National Commission on Writing, ﬁndings from Business Roundtable’s member companies (which include Verizon Communications, United Technology, and Tyco International, to name a few) showed that annual private-sector costs for providing writing training, or remedial writing courses, could be as high as $3.1 billion per year, for both hourly workers and salaried workers.
“We’re likely to send out 200 to 300 people annually for skills upgrade courses like ‘business writing’ or ‘technical writing,” said one respondent.
“We offer in-house programs to improve writing and communications skills. Our company has been running this program for several years. We even brought in a college professor to improve writing, and he developed six courses for us,” explained another respondent.
“I estimate the costs to range between $2,500 and $3,500 per individual, when it’s absolutely necessary to send people for training,” said another respondent. “We formerly tried doing it in-house, but found it too complex to do effectively.”
“Writing appears to be a ‘marker’ attribute of high-skill, high-wage, professional work,” according to a statement from the National Commission on Writing. “This is particularly true in sectors of the economy that are expanding, such as services, and the ﬁnance, insurance, and real estate sectors. Educational institutions interested in preparing students for rewarding and remunerative work should concentrate on developing graduates’ writing skills. Colleges and university leaders, as well as school oﬃcials, should take that advice to heart. The strength of corporate complaints about the writing skills of college graduates was surprisingly powerful.”
The report also noted that writing is a “threshold skill” for employment and promotion. Whether composing an e-mail or preparing a detailed report, employees need to be able to express themselves clearly.
With the advent of Common Core Standards implementation, Grammarly has created a new writing infographic for schools that can help make teaching 21st century writing skills easier and more efficient by focusing on age ranges.
For example: At three years old children can “recognize the difference between nouns and verbs.” By kindergarten, children should learn to “spell simple words phonetically (spelling);” “form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/, understand and use question words, and use the most frequently occurring prepositions (grammar);” and “recognize and name end punctuation (punctuation).”
The infographic charts spelling, grammar, and punctuation learning from birth through the end of high school (grades 11 and 12).
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