Just A Collection of Thoughts
Sometimes, when people write, they have a tendency to wish that they, in all aspects, could remove the implications of orderly writing habits as shown to them by a multitude of sources; in this case, I’m speaking of the general boundaries applied to a student within the environment of college. And although in its many forms, MLA and APA formats may be used in official settings, such as a business, in emails to coworkers and supervisors, and drafting various pieces of very much professional bulletins — I cannot say with a certain comfort that it is this type of writing which is being taught to everyone where creativity is not fully supported. Yes, an informative guide for how-to instruction books and repair manuals will require a certain air of professionalism; yes, clarity within a conveyed idea is specifically crafted without illecebrous richness and with a formal tone of voice [as intended] — but wouldn’t it be more awesome to see more businesses take a creative approach to their catch phrases? to see that, within a very condescendingly rigid structure, an employee at the lowest level could certainly afford his or her talents to make the next conception of, say, an advertisement, or an unforeseen success with a lyric for a jingle? I think that we, as a society, are infused with certain laws and rules of writing throughout our lives so much so that it can remove the creativity aspect from just about anyone who lives much too accordingly within boundaries, and fails to capture the moments they wish to share with the world.
Now, yes, I did go to college for some time, and all of their English classes were relatively simple to me, but it isn’t that way for everyone. I understand that some people, as much native to California as myself, haven’t quite obtained the skill set necessary to understand language at its basic core. Nouns, verbs, pronouns, articles, and particularly — punctuation — all of these are a part of a massive puzzle. A puzzle which, given a proper amount of play, can lead to some of the greatest pieces in recorded history. A puzzle which, granted the appropriate tools, can allow creativity to be practiced within even such an orderly educational system. I might have decided to take creative writing were the class even allotted at my particular campus. Alas, this did not happen. What I did manage to obtain were the absolute skills necessary to retain, at best, an elevated level of understanding of writing which I had not been taught prior to taking those classes. But what about a creative sense of language arts?
Creative writing takes what I learned as a kid, as a teenager, as a youth, adult and eventually college student — compiles it into a linear spectrum of laws and rules, vocabulary, and variable elements — and turns it into something inspiring. But what about those others whom I had aforementioned? Those who hadn’t even seemed to possess, in any likelihood, a basic grasp of life which hadn’t involved the use of lol, ttyl and omfg? In this sense, I see where I can be useful; in another sense, my lack of a diploma does not allow me to gain employment within an area for which I am best suited. As well, indeed, ttyl and brb are always compared to a staccato of dialogue between two or more members of a discussion within which, plenty of times, I have participated in. Now maybe it is the same for the up-and-coming generation of students who must fight through a Common Core education — perhaps they, [in general] with all intents and purposes, know better than to simply dilute their writing skills in a sea of acronyms but simply choose to do so as a necessity to quickly converse with the new technological devices which seem to make obsolete the previous versions on an almost biannual basis — and it is these premises within which they suppress and operate, and excessively inhibit, the creative side of their human capabilities of communication. Or perhaps, they are building around me a puzzle for which I know little, and they’ve advanced beyond my understanding of writing as a whole.
Regardless, I’ll end with this — keep a dictionary around the house. Keep textbooks on bookshelves. Keep age-appropriate literature nearby at all times — eventually when children become bored with their Saturday morning cartoons they’ll pick up some books and start their studies early enough to become the next great mind of the creative realm within whichever area of interest is piqued. I know that I would have had a much different life if my boredom was spent solely on games and movies. With access to an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and other reading materials — this is how I turned out. Hopefully, though — the next generation doesn’t become so attached to a box that they cannot operate without the backbone of a liberal education.