Writing well is an undisputed goal of excellent education. However, as with all things rich in character, the process of good writing bequeaths an even greater blessing. When we study formal writing using the five canons of rhetoric, we are also teaching our students to be proficient problem solvers.
Writing is a way humanity truly exercises its nature as imago Dei through the talent, not just of expressing itself, but of discovering solutions to the many challenges of human existence. Problem-solving produces the creative solutions which make life better by articulating truth, grasping goodness, celebrating beauty, and improving the conditions of human life at every level from the fundamentally physical to the transcendent and spiritual.