Published: Thursday, Sept. 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
I'm going to do what I can to help. I'm writing a book called
"Talking English Real Good" or maybe "Ain't You Been Learnt
Give them books instead of cell phones.
Most adults don't write all that well, either.
Some people suggest that the language is evolving; that what we're seeing
today is going to be some sort of norm. I imagine they're correct to some
extent, but it isn't necessarily for the better. The degradation of the
language, I believe, also reflects a larger trend of what's happening to
education in general. Kids feel entitled, they're lazy, and society expects
so little of them that they fail to learn most basic skills that people used to
take away from elementary and high school.
The older generation always thinks the younger generation is going to heck in a
handbasket. For all the talk about how horrible education is today, I have to
say that my kids' educational experience has been much better in many
respects than mine was. They have been able to take 2 more years of math than
was offered in my high school and have more challenging social studies classes
than I did. I do think there is a problem with how they have been taught
writing, however. It is rare to find (in my limited experience) an English
teacher who will actually read and mark up every student's written work,
probably because it takes so much time to do. I think I got more of that when I
was a kid.
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