The Mighty Pen: Teaching Students to Change the World through Language: Podcast Episode 269

May 06, 2021 | Posted by the IEW Blog Team


At what point does content matter more than Structure and Style? Parents and teachers have often asked Andrew this question, and in podcast Episode 269, the answer to that question becomes the centerpiece of Andrew and Julie’s discussion.

Many years ago, when Andrew approached Dr. Webster for his assessment of this question, Dr. Webster responded with this comment: “A bad idea well presented can be more effective than a good idea poorly presented. History proved this.” It’s an especially fitting response from a history professor, and Webster’s response was clarifying for Andrew. Presentation matters. When students write their compositions and essays, Structure and Style is more important than the content. And by teaching Structure and Style, we provide our students a means by which they can present their view, their apologia, of how to improve the world.

It’s true. The pen is mightier than the sword. Listen to the podcast to learn why Structure and Style is critically important to help our students impart truth confidently and cogently.

Live Chat with IEW