Because the form in which you submit your paper says something about how much you respect your teacher as well as how much you respect yourself. If you turned in a sloppily presented piece of work, you are saying (or the teacher is hearing), "I don't care about it/you/myself. It doesn't matter much to me." It should come as no surprise that you cannot be rewarded for that level of work or that attitude. It takes no more than a few minutes to make sure that the quality of the presentation of your work matches the quality of the work that went into it.

If you would like a more practical, less theoretical, reason, consider this: if you do not take care in presenting your prose (resume, letters, reports, etc.), you will not

You may not even keep your job.

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