Quoting Christophe Grandsire <[log in to unmask]>:

> En réponse à John Cowan <[log in to unmask]>:

>   "Correcting" -- in the sense "providing corrections
> > or
> > indications thereof" -- may indeed inhibit writing.
> >
> Pure nonsense. Anybody who says that has given up teaching. The problem
> here is
> that those details like spelling and grammar should have been taken care
> of
> long before people start to write creatively. Now call me a
> prescriptivist if
> you like, but in my experience I've never met anyone who wrote
> meaningful
> things without knowing grammar and spelling. A person with 100 red marks
> on 4
> pages won't have written anything of any value anyway (even for
> themself), even
> if we concentrate only on the contents.

I know some dyslectics that would probably take what you write above as a
personal insult. Not that I believe you intended it that way.

Incidentially, I very likely had 25+ red marks per page on plenty of things I
wrote back in my primary school years. I used to spell atrociously (and that
in Swedish, whose spelling is rather less complex than English's). I certainly
prove that correction of "details" can cause someone to improve on said
details (not that I spell perfectly these days, sigh), and very much hope that
I prove that someone who gets hundreds of red marks doesn't necessarily write
purely worthless things.