Posted by: episystechpubs | February 3, 2014

Editor’s Corner: You’re (Not Your) Awesome!

Let’s start this week off with something easy. First, I send a warm welcome to you new readers! Second, I want to give high praise to all of you for taking a little extra time each day to learn more about English and how to use it better and more effectively. Third, I’m providing an excerpt for you to read so you can see how sad the world is for other people who don’t get a daily dose of learning in their email.

Excerpt from the San Diego Union-Tribune, written by Richard Lederer, founder of A Way with Words (radio show), lecturer, teacher, and author of over 30 books on English.

Recent reports indicate that new jobs are being created in some abundance but that there aren’t enough candidates who can speak and write clearly to fill those aborning positions. Part of the mismatch between job availability and the dearth of qualified applicants can be traced to lack of education in the art and craft of expository writing. When the Department of Education in 2012 published “The Nation’s Report Card: Writing 2011,” just 24 percent of eighth- and 12th-graders were proficient in writing.

The number of literate college graduates has also declined dramatically over the past two decades. Could it be that the global, speed-of-byte interconnectivity we enjoy through television, texting and social media comes at the expense of our fundamental language skills? We communicate more, but we say less.

That’s a crying shame because in a recent survey of corporate recruiters by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the organization that administers the standardized test for business school, 86 percent said strong communication skills were a priority—well ahead of any other skill. We must shrink this communications gap.

See how lucky you are? You are shrinking the gap every day by reading Editor’s Corner! Aren’t you amazing? I think you are. Have a fantastic Monday!

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