Stanley Fish says young people today can’t write a simple sentence.

I… asked to see the lesson plans of the [relevant course] sections. I read them and found that only four emphasized training in the craft of writing. Although the other 100 sections fulfilled the composition requirement, instruction in composition was not their focus. Instead, the students spent much of their time discussing novels, movies, TV shows and essays on a variety of hot-button issues — racism, sexism, immigration, globalization.

Fish finds himself largely in agreement (Fish being Fish, it takes about 1000 words to figure this out) with the ACTA college rating system, which finds that the more expensive a college is, the less structured is its curriculum….