With another school year underway, some educators are again warning their colleagues in the teaching profession not to neglect grammar in their classrooms.

Sample work from student project at Kitchener public school (2013)

Sample work from student project at Kitchener public school (2013)

Most public school curricula have done away with grammar because it gets in the way of students “expressing themselves.”  In the earlier grades, spelling has likewise been ignored.  As a result, the shoddy work illustrated above is commonplace in today’s progressive schools.

Completely unacceptable, say classical educators.  A child cannot express himself properly if he does not master the fundamentals of speech and writing.  Training children in the building blocks of language allows them to put their thoughts into a coherent form, so that their ideas can become useful to both neighbour and nation!

A child cannot express himself properly if he does not master the fundamentals of speech and writing.

The next generation will not be able to articulate solutions to the problems we face in 140-character tweets.  Let’s not rob our kids of the chance to shape our society’s future positively.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. – Thomas Jefferson, opening lines of the American Declaration of Independence (1776)

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Is this irrelevant?

HT: The Human Touch

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