Fight to Write

Jennifer Jenkins
Jennifer Jenkins 109 Comments
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Creative Writing in Utah is slowly being phased out in high schools across the state. This is a deeply concerning issue that sadly begins in elementary schools. Because narrative writing isn’t measured in state testing, many teachers feel pressure to put creative writing on the “back burner” to devote time to the more technical types of writing included in standardized tests. As a result, advocacy for Creative Writing is dwindling, and experts agree that students are not being offered the tools to develop their creative voice.

Dr. J. Lloyd Eldredge Sr., published author and retired professor of Education at BYU has spent his life's work developing reading and writing techniques for children and adolescents. In an interview with Jennifer Jenkins, he spoke at length about the critical need for creative writing in our schools.

"Creative Writing utilizes the highest form of literacy," Eldredge says, "It teaches the developing mind the power of words and articulation that not only fosters imagination, but also translates directly into success in higher education, argumentative writing, and communications in general. Allowing young writers to discover their voice also provides a healthy outlet for a variety of mental health issues such as low self-esteem and depression."

We would like to respectfully bring this concern to the Utah Board of Education and we need your help!Add your voice to the conversation by signing this petition to bring Creative Writing back to Utah schools!

  • Serin Leary
    Dec 15, 2017
    Dec 15, 2017
    The fact that creative writing is slowly getting pulled out of schools is absolutely terrifying.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov 29, 2017
    Nov 29, 2017
    We need more writing in the schools!
  • Anita Slusser
    Anita Slusser United States, Ephraim
    Oct 10, 2017
    Oct 10, 2017
    The human brain is hardwired to learn from story. It is woven into our very existence as a species as a vessel for history, culture, morals & ethics, and appreciation of language and beauty. To ignore and remove it, cuts off our voices, and hobbles the educational process.
  • Ariana Harrison
    Ariana Harrison United States, North Pole
    Sep 14, 2017
    Sep 14, 2017
    Creative Writing is a way to express ourselves. Don't let that get taken away. It's a precious thing. When we write creatively, we can say pretty much whatever we want to. The founders of this country fought to give us the freedom of speech, which includes Creative Writing. Don't let go of any of it.
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