Today, I taught two classes at the technical college where I am employed as a full-time instructor (I think the job more that of a lecturer...). In the second of them, a freshman composition class, a student piped up and claimed that he would earn an A "because [he's] a writer, you know." Not long after, the same student commented that he loves to write but hates to read.
I smiled sweetly at him. It was not a surprise when he turned in what he turned in for the day's writing assignment.
I am amazed at the idea that a person can write without reading--I know it is not true, but it surprises me that that is not immediately obvious to people. Does anyone expect to be able to shoot a basketball without seeing others shoot? Does anyone expect to be able to throw tsuki iriminage without seeing it done? Really?
I wonder how long it will take the student to learn the lesson he seems to need to learn.