People often say that reading is fundamental and they are exactly right. You cannot do anything with your life without the ability to read. Reading isn’t just fundamental to education, it fundamental to life. While we all understand why reading is so important, I believe that we overlook the need for good writers.
When I was in college, the state made it mandatory for all students to pass a statewide writing test. Normally a student takes this test their freshman year of college, I put it off until senior year. Once you have accumulated 60 hours of credits, the state forces you to take a remediation writing class, if you have not taken or passed this writing test. Since I had not taken the writing test, I was forced into this class. Once the professor read my writing, she told me, you are a great writer and you will easily pass this test. You ability to write will be the difference between a basic salary and a great salary. It wasn’t until years later that her words came into fruition but she was right all along. With this in mind, we need to focus on creative writing programs for kids. We can’t just focus on reading and math, we have to turn them all into capable writers.