Posted on September 3, 2018
As the age of the internet continues, blogging becomes a hobby, and even a profession for millions of people. Blogs can range to any subject such as, food, cars and even politics. Blogs allow people to express and/or listen to new ideas and opinions across a wide array of subjects. The subjects that this blog is concerned with is writing. As Alex Reid discusses in her article “Why Blog?” blogging allows students to advance their writing capability while being interested in the subject. Her argument reminded me of Alfie Kohn’s “Case Against Grades”. Where Reid discusses that only writing to complete education requirements and fulfill assignments will discourage students from wanting to write. Whereas blogging will inspire students to write since it involves subjects that they’re interested in. Kohn had a similar take when he discussed that students aren’t motivated to learn because grades force them to find the most efficient way to achieve a grade. In my experience in school this is a true concept. People use grades as a measurement of their knowledge instead of actual education. This has an immediate effect when students do homework because they search for the correct answers instead of the correct understanding of the topic. This causes them to do poorly in the class and/or move on without the appropriate foundation for the advanced classes. Blogging helps to make sure that students will develop the appropriate understanding of writing while simultaneously peaking their interest in the topic.