Kids ain't writing so good

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  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    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.

    Sept. 20, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    Most adults don't write all that well, either.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    Give them books instead of cell phones.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 12:19 a.m.

    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 Proper?"