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.