I spoke to Sister a couple of nights ago. She was very depressed. She is back at work part time teaching and she was marking year 7 school assignments. One question asked of students was what is the difference between fact and opinion. She read the answers to me. They were incomprehensible. Sister does not teach in poor government school in an underprivileged area, but in a very old private school in a well to do area.
She suggested that the text or tech generation was now starting to come through but also lays the blame at the last teaching method that was in vogue for a few years. What was it? Whole of something?
I asked Sister if she had lowered her marking standards and she said not. I imagine it must be hard for students to feel any liking for writing, spelling or sentence construction when their work is returned having disappeared under the marks of a red pen.
English is very flexible and embracing of the new, but there are still very strict rules about what is right and what is wrong. Every so often I come across people giving examples of misplaced comma's but it is a problem that is addressing itself. Sister's students don't misplace commas. They just don't bother with them at all.