Re: DSM: Re: writing

Rick Stansberger (
Wed, 01 Nov 2000 18:39:14 -0700

SVS can't help but be a great place for writing because of the freedom to interact
without the fear of grades. You'd have an incredibly wide range of readers for
your stuff, too, not just a bunch of kinds your age and one adult.


John Axtell wrote:

> None of these comments reflect any experience with the SVS model just some
> rambling thoughts.
> Writing is, in my humble opinion, simply a transcription of the thought process
> onto a medium that can be read.
> Fuzzy thought process Fuzzy writing.
> When I am talking most people are willing to put up with my fuzzy thinking but
> when they read the words I write they only give me a few minutes to decide if
> they think what they are reading is motivating them enough to continue the
> process.
> While there are technical techniques to writing "correctly" I believe that
> communication may be one reason to write. Most people have a very difficult
> time communicating in any medium effectively. A good speech, debate or logic
> program can help a person learn the skills of understanding where the listener
> is coming from, which then shapes the style and format of the communication
> being sent. (Well, at least it should have an impact on the logic within the
> communication medium being utilized.)
> While having an e-mail pal or something to write about certainly is a nice way
> to "learn" to write, certainly in the lower "grades", I doubt anyone can write
> effectively unless they understand where the "listener" is.
> While I have only read a very little about the SVS model I kind of guess that
> the interaction of the people and the issues they address in an open education
> model allow the participants to experientially learn quite a bit about
> effective communication. Then when they come to the need to communicate in
> writing they will probably come to the one, two, three, point system or some
> other appropriate communication model.
> John Axtell
> Valley, Wa

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