Thomas Paine Was No Blogger
George F. Will's op-ed piece, "Thomas Paine Was No Blogger", calls into question the importance of what many bloggers write. Pamela Shorey's response in the "Letters to the Editor" section of today's Hartford Courant, expresses very simply the reason why I include blogs in the classroom.
She states "that the ease of writing a blog has led thousands of people to do what teachers were previously unable to do: get people to write." Truthfully, not all of what my students write is worth reading, especially if you are looking for great insight or fluent prose. But, they are writing every week--and getting immediate feedback from their peers through comments.