In our interminable projects in grad school, where the grade was assigned to the entire group based on the product/report/analysis, I finally go to the point where I said I would take, as my share of the work, the actual writing of the report. I always ended up doing it anyhow because the contributions of my classmates were usually crap. You would think in a top graduate school that you would get people who had a decent command of the English language but you would be wrong.
But that’s the issue isn’t it? It’s not that people don’t have great language skills. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. But in a business role (or at grad school doing reports) where clear communication is so important, it’s (a) astounding that people aren’t working on improving this fundamental skill, and (b) it’s seems ok to everyone else that they’re not.
I dropped out of my HSC to go do a Diploma in Hospitality Management at TAFE. Our teacher decided to teach us how to write reports at university level. Only myself and two others actually passed easily. Apparently there are HSC students typing u instead of you in their final exams. I guess its one of those things you have either a really good grasp of or none at all. I gave up talking to 90% of my FB friends list because I’m frequently insulted for being able to form a coherent sentence. Maybe this is why incoherency is on the rise? Kids are being ostracised for not talking in “IM language”.
It’s 2 l8 4 u, Ryan, u dinosaur.
I assure you all that the latest generation(s) are not the only ones incapable of forming coherent sentences or writing well.
I’m sad to learn that it’s like that over in your part of the world, though, Stuart. I was really hoping it was just America. =(
I really don’t mind if people can’t read or write. Just don’t put yourself in a role where you have to send me emails.
Of course, that wasn’t directed at you Dauthi. I find you very literate.
I used to work for health care providers, in a world class hospital, and it is amazing how many doctors, nurses, administrators couldn’t spell or put together a coherent sentence. Or for that matter format a USB thumb drive. heh.
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