IT is surprising how most Malaysians point out that we read less but no one bothers that we also write less.
When we first attended kindergarten, writing, along with reading and spelling were major concerns among parents.
Parents however, often neglect the importance of writing as we grow older and hence the lack of quality in writing among teenagers.
No one seems to be passionate about writing as in writing with a pen or pencil on a piece of paper.
Youth today are more interested in using gadgets, compared to some decades ago when keeping a diary, writing love letters to the girl or boy in the next class were our passions.
Teenagers living in this age not only read less but also write less and lack the quality to write well, especially those in university.
Writing thesis and doing paperwork which is beyond the realm of copy and paste, and expressing original ideas, often end up being done like children’s storybooks or patchworks with paragraphs pasted here and there.
These problems only lead to less confidence for fresh graduates from employers who expect their workers to have greater credibility, especially in doing paperwork.
Writing is like selling ideas.
Aristotle said that “to write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.” He implied that writing indeed needs knowledge.
In Malaysia, we compete in terms of intelligence but we often forget the fact that to prove one’s intelligence, one should be able to express it well. No matter how simple the words are, the thinking behind an entire paragraph is crucial in showing the meaning and the writer’s expression.
And that is exactly where our youth are found wanting.
Schools or parents should encourage their children to keep diaries that need to be written daily.
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then why not nurture the children to write a page a day.
By expressing themselves through writing daily, it is possible for young children to grow up with an abundance of knowledge and excellent vocabulary and become more creative youth who can think out of the box, especially when it comes to using words.