This was written for my professional blog, because it was originally going to be about writing, math, and analysis. It turned out to be mostly about writing and thinking, so maybe some of my readers here will find it interesting. Does thinking well lead to writing well, or vice versa? It might be the latter.
I came across an interesting article in The Atlantic a little while back that discussed the connection between writing and thinking. New Dorp, a Staten Island high school in a poor and working-class neighborhood, was able to improve student performance when they realized that their students couldn’t write. These underperforming students often could read and could do math. The majority of them were well-behaved, and seemed to want to learn. Yet they couldn’t pass standard proficiency tests, and couldn’t graduate. All because they couldn’t form complex sentences.
You can read the whole post here. Hope you like it.