Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public

"Writing is a public act," says New York teacher Ileana Jimenez, who encourages her students to blog. Rather than having them write a paper and hand it in only for the teacher to read, waiting for some kind of assessment, Jimenez offers a different perspective in this interview with the Atlantic at the Aspen Ideas Festival: "Writing should be public, it should give a sense of urgency and visibility... for students to feel that their writing has a voice in the world."

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