grammar rant

This post intended for Week 9.

Grammar is slowly being pushed out of our lives. You see underused comas and misused whom’s, who’s, and whose’s in newspapers, blogs, and sometimes books.

The issue is that grammar is not being introduced to students at an early age. Grammar segments in the classroom are practically omitted. It is only corrected in papers with notes made by the teacher, which the students rarely read over; or unless the condition of poor grammar is incorrect enough to the point where it sounds awful when spoken.

Grammar lessons have become the responsibility of later semesters in high school and in college, after students have been speaking the English language for well over fifteen years. This is ridiculous, we should have learned the rules of the language before we had the opportunity to break them. Then, at least we would be aware of poor grammar when it is present; or at least those who are aware of grammar would not be alone when someone insists that he must “reilliterate what I just stated about the affect of seals on penguins.”

Living languages are consistently developing, so a change in language rules is expected, but the basic rules of proper grammar are generally staples in our tongue and need to be taught how to be used properly. If nothing else, the hilarity #grammarfail is a testament to how important grammar is to us.

It is introduced to elementary school children, but the skill needs to be challenged and exercised in middle and high school. Sophomore year of high school, the first twenty minutes of English class was dedicated to grammar, and other than copying my the sentence in my notebook and putting funny marks on it, I don’t remember anything from it. Then, I had other English class senior year of high school where grammar was integrated into the class. But again, I remember almost nothing except my teacher, Mrs. Papera, had us correct the lines from a Shakespearian play- I wish I could remember which one it was. I partially blame myself for not paying better attention in class, but honestly, if I had been exposed to the material earlier in life, I probably would have had a much better understanding of it. Really, there is no reason why I wasn’t exposed it earlier, seeing that English is my first language.

I am now in college and am taking a Studies in Literature class where some time is set aside for grammar. I am grateful for this, and am paying better attention in class (mainly because I’m paying for it now), but I also believe it is stupid that grammar is part of the course requirement. College is meant to help people develop and hone their skills, or teach them something new, not teach the basics of something they’ve already been exposed and should already know. The only reason a college student should be taking a class that teaches English grammar is because she is a non-English speaker, taking an English as a Secondary Language class.

 

This is Lauren The Largemouth Bass and I have almost found grammatical proof that I should have always been capitalizing “The” in my title all along. Dwayne Johnson is “The Rock,” not “the rock.”  This is the best I’ve come up with, but if The Rock has a capital T, then so shall I.

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