As I grade a seemingly never ending pile of essays a question continues to pop into my mind. How much time am I wasting teaching students to use the proper formatting style? How much time are they wasting trying to make sure that their essay adheres to this style. How many points are taken off if the style is incorrect even if the content is good? Shouldn’t we be redirecting this energy into teaching students how to make a good argument in their papers? Don’t online tools such as Citation Machine or BibMe make the memorization of formatting obsolete? I look forward to other teachers’ opinions on this.
Are Teachers Wasting Their Time Teaching Styles?