KT (katyism) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Grammar of doom

What's your theory on why grammar and spelling didn't get learned by many (not all) of the younger people (high school and college age) of today? I see the papers that college students hand in, compare them to the ones my fellow students were handing in at the time I was in school, and the quality and readability is significantly more AWFUL on the average.

I can't decide what my theory is. I mean, I don't recall choosing to pay attention in elementary school, but I must have, and passable spelling/grammar is a skill I totally take for granted now. It blows my mind how some people just don't seem to have absorbed it.

Did they learn it in school, and then stop caring? Why would you stop caring if you know that poor writing skills make you look lazy or unintelligent? Did they not pay attention in school, or did their teachers not care, and just pass them anyway? I just don't get it. It bothers me every day.

Bonus questions: Do you know of any published research that has been done on this phenomenon? Is it really a phenomenon, or do you think it's always been the case, and wide access to the Internet just makes it more likely for more people to be exposed to bad writing/spelling/grammar/blah?
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