“Overall, we’ve got a lot to learn from the scores that we see,” said HWDSB superintendent Peter Joshua. “We continue to learn what works well and what we need to ensure is happening much more across our system.”
How about more books, less twitter? Maybe it’s just my own personal prejudice talking, but I’m sure some of the blame can be laid at the proliferation of Internet-style communication seeping out of that realm and into other areas, where it causes things like people using the wrong words and wrong spellings and poor grammar. What we get, after a time, are poorer and poorer comprehension skills, because whatever language people are using to speak and write, is not the one in the books they get at school.
I was reading something recently which talked of how we have become a culture (and by ‘we’ and ‘culture’ I mean mostly the West, as we’re the ones with the greatest bulk of Internet proliferation) of people who no longer know how to function if our brains aren’t being stimulated; we no longer know how to be at rest; how to spend the time doing something without a million other things going on. Our attention spans are shortening - which is a thing that’s been blamed on various culprits since the inception of television commercial breaks, which was once blamed for childrens’ attention spans being only able to last about ten to fifteen minutes - the average time between commercial breaks during any given TV show.
I have read, many times, of schools and teachers who accept txt-ing style language and spelling in submitted student assignments. I realise you’re all trying to be accomodating, but is it really doing them any favours? In the past century alone, various youth slangs have come and gone, but I think this is the first time it’s ever been formally allowed to seep into the classroom. I am not trying to stem the tide of language evolution, I am simply wondering why we can’t follow the example of the past and have a universal style language in the classroom, and leave the other to the outside of it? I can see a time when what might result from not teaching people a style of communication that is more universal to their culture, are not only people who cannot comprehend the bulk of material already produced by that culture, but people who create things that cannot be understood by others. Words change, word meanings change, this is never going to stop, and that’s okay - but what of formalised grammar?
It might be a joke, but my favourite example of poor/misplaced/improper/problematic grammar, is this:
Let’s eat Grandma!
Let’s eat, Grandma!
Woman, without her man, is nothing.
Woman: Without her, man is nothing.
You can how either of those things might be a little problematic.