Stanly Fish writes and interesting post on What Should Colleges Teach (short answer, “writing courses that teach writing…not everything else”).
In a follow up post, he mentions this quote from his comments section:
“Young people who can’t write can’t think.”
Where I to be teaching students, I would love to present this quote and seek feedback.
(And, speaking personally, I find the quote applies to myself. My best thinking – clear, concise, well-formed – occurs when I can apply it to the written form. Which only adds to the frustration when I can’t execute the words well…because that means my thoughts lack clarity.)