Monday, March 03, 2003

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Yahoo! News - Girl baffles teacher with SMS essay
An English essay written by a teenager in text messaging short-hand has reignited concern among teachers that literacy standards are under threat.
...The teenager's essay which caused the problem began:
"My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :- kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."

What's worse: That the student handed it in, or that the teacher (who spends all day with 13-year-olds) didn't recognize it?

This is news? If the teacher's feeling generous, hand it back and have the child re-copy it in English. If she's not, failing grade. Who called the newspaper? Why?

Judith Gillespie, of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, told the newspaper a decline in grammar and written English was partly linked to the text messaging craze.

Ah. I see. In my day it was rock and roll.

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