I need a vacation
I feel like my head is going to explode. I've spent the last couple weeks at work wading through a class that is supposed to teach us how to write better documentation. Now, this is a worthy goal, since so much of our documentation (and there is A LOT) is poorly organized crap.
The class is conducted completely online, so all of the "talking" is done through discussion groups.
Here is my problem. Most of the teacher's writing is absolutely chock-full of spelling and grammatical errors (possesive s's when none are required, missing words, incomplete sentences), and many of the instructions for our assignments are vague and confusing.
Also, we're supposed to be giving each other feedback on our work, but the extent of the feedback has so far been "You did a really good job!". Everyone is afraid to be "mean", but that just means no one will improve.
And this is supposed to be a class that helps us write better. Auuughhhh!!!!
I guess I'm more bugged by this than most since ripping apart documents and looking for minor grammar and spelling errors and formatting inconsistencies is part of my job (as a tech writer).
I've been pointing out the problems with the assignment instructions, but being mostly silent about the grammar stuff. Still bugs me though. Does no one learn this in school anymore? Am I prematurely becoming a curmudgeon?