> Maybe the problem is not in what you might have written but in > the inability students seem to have to read their own writing > and see that it is not quite acceptable. > Maybe they should read quite a lot of good mathematics writing > before being able to construct a nice text. > Maybe you should have a "Reading Requirement" before > having a "Writing Requirement".
This is sound advice. An English professor long ago taught me that the best way to learn to write well is to read good literature. What works in English should work in mathematics.
Part of the problem your students have arises from the fact that we no longer seem to ask our students to read their textbooks. Of course, it is by no means clear that making them to do so would fix anything, because it is a rare textbook that qualifies as good (mathematical) literature...
--Lou Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Campus Box 38 Metropolitan State College of Denver PO Box 173362 Denver CO 80217-3362