What are they teaching in schools today?

Posted by Koo
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on Friday, 12 October 2007
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Whatever it is, it is certainly NOT english.

  

I am constantly appalled by the standard of english in school leavers these days. I cannot understand how someone can spend 12 years at school and still have no idea how to string together a sentence or punctuate properly.

The standard of basic grammar and english is unbelievable. How can someone not know the difference between to and too or your and you're, or where to place an apostrophe or comma? Another favourite seems to be their and there.

And spelling? It is an absolute joke. Don't bother writing if you have no respect for the language and do a slovenly, half-arsed job. Unless english is not your first language there is absolutely no excuse for it. In my opinion is sheer laziness. Take the time, read it through, if you're unsure, ask someone.

English is a beautiful language and I'm sick of seeing murdered on a daily basis.

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Urik Friday, 12 October 2007

our community is slowly losing hope in a lot of things. these kids, a lot of them dont give a shite, and i blame the parents. More and more im seeing how ppl have a \"dont give a f@#k attitude and its terrifying. I agree with you. ppl have become lazy and its affecting the future of this country.

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PattiLain Friday, 12 October 2007

The education standards are dropping at an alarming rate. Look at something like Afrikaans, as well.

What bugs me the most is \"your\" and \"you\'re\" as well as \"its\" and \"it\'s\".

My lecturers still complain about spelling and grammar, apparently some people don\'t even capitalise their I\'s. In university?! Studying... journalism?!

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PattiLain Friday, 12 October 2007

I lose my maths skills when I left school from lack of practice, so maybe these gormless writers just don\'t encounter the English language in their every day lives?

They don\'t speak, read, watch tv...

The Internet doesn\'t count because that\'s where they seem to gather.

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DBS Friday, 12 October 2007

Very true words and my spelling has never been good and I have tried to correct my posts when I see the errors.
By the way eat shoots and leaves is a must read book on punctuation

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thenack Friday, 14 December 2007

Standards are dropping, that\'s for shure. We should really boost reading books, kids nowadays are too lazy, tv takes up way less brainpower than reading, so they just sit there getting fat and stupid. No wonder so many of them are on rittelin, when I was growing up more than an hours tv was out of the ordinary, the rest of the daytyme was spent on sport and nightime on homework. Seriously, how many hours did you spend on homework at night, it was all I did in the week, and then people ask my how I got where I at (sorry I couldn\'t resist)

Anyway, I remember a russian boy that went to primary school with me who tought himself english from a dictionary, we need some of that in this country. ( In his spare time he tought our teachers math (-;)

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Koo Friday, 14 December 2007

Agreed!!! Well said. Its so much easier to turn on the TV than to read a good book.

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PattiLain Friday, 14 December 2007

I don\'t think it\'s about what\'s necessarily easier. After all, Koo, you yourself said you only read to be entertained.

It\'s about what entertains us and touches us more deeply. I love books but they will never replace movies for me. We are all receptive to different kinds of media.

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Koo Friday, 14 December 2007

You have a point, but how many kids today read at all? Its all video games and movies. The more you read, the better you spell and the more you extend your vocabulary. Different types of media are great, but reading is a vital element.

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PattiLain Friday, 14 December 2007

True, true. Literacy is a big issue today and I do agree that the standards are dropping at an alarming rate.

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