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Investing in the NWP: The Creation of Educational Capital

By: Mark St. John, Laura Stokes
Date: November 21, 2008

Summary: The authors from Inverness Research argue that investment in NWP is not simply "expenditure." Rather, the NWP structure allows for the creation of varied forms of "educational capital" that contribute to the continuing improvement of writing in the nation's schools.

 

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First, let me be clear about some financial terminology; making an investment is very different than simply spending money. Spending money involves an expenditure of funds—a one time outlay of cash for goods or services. Investing, by contrast, involves spending money in ways that create capital, and developing capital means that you are creating assets that can be used in the future production of goods and services.

. . . . The investment in the NWP helps all of you to create multiple forms of educational capital.

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