One of my pet peeves is poor grammar and spelling or more specifically substituting the English language for abbreviated text talk. I have frequently been astonished by the standard of homework that my nieces have submitted but even more stunned by the marks that they have received for said homework. Had I presented misspelled and grammatically incorrect essays like as not it would have earned me a visit to the Headmistress’s study for a spot of not so gentle one on one coaching with a ruler and someone who resembled the Dolores Umbridge character from Harry Potter.
When exactly did content become more important than learning key skills and technique? Surely it is these core skills that will provide the foundation for the standards that young people will use in their chosen career. Attention to detail is often one of the most important criteria for many job roles; so ask yourself would you want someone with scant regard for quality, managing your accounts or installing your electrical wiring.
Are we expecting too much when even the online version of our local newspaper is peppered with spelling mistakes; let’s be honest automatic spellcheck is not rocket science. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect a supposedly professional publication to be a champion of their nation’s language.
Maybe I’m placing too much emphasis on what is fast becoming an outdated notion so what do you think?
Starting next “A Bit of a Do” which will be the next episode of the Serial Shagger saga and how we did actually get to make it up the aisle …..