Mighty Red Pen

January 25, 2007


Filed under: Grammar goddess — mighty red pen @ 9:08 am

Interesting article in Wired, “Chatting online is ruining my kids’ spelling and grammar. Should I stop them from doing it?

This article touts a study that shows the astonishing <gasp!> results that:

Ironically, the students appeared to be slightly more careful about spelling in their chat sessions than they were in formal essays written for school. And why not? Screwing up a paper is survivable; looking like a tool in front of your posse is suicide.

I bet English teachers everywhere (Mister MRP?) are kicking themselves for not thinking of this first: Peer pressure as tool for teaching grammar. Shoot.

Thanks to Frida’s BGD.


1 Comment »

  1. Isn’t that basically the old-style English school model?

    I’m thinking of all those old, English boarding school movies in which the teacher sneers something horribly cutting at a student who makes a mistake and the entire class laughs.

    This not only produces excellent grammar, but also, evidently, a desire to colonize half the known world.

    Comment by David — January 25, 2007 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

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