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Letters: More to writing than fancy tools

July 20, 2013

Re "OMG! Students, like, can write," July 16

It is indeed encouraging that technology is apparently promoting "a deeper interest in writing," according to a national survey of teachers by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

However, I am concerned that schools are failing to produce students proficient in the actual task. Technology may drive the interest forward, but if the fundamental basics in grammar, spelling, punctuation and creative, coherent storytelling are lacking, then what good is it?

I believe it is critically important that teachers and parents alike work to ensure that the goal of the students is not simply to see works published online but rather to develop the knowledge and skills to produce thoughtful, well-constructed work across all media.

Christine Aghassi

Los Angeles

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