In class today, a lot of class time was spent bemoaning the idiosyncrasies of grammar. As a class, we tended to agree that using correct grammar was important to the extent of conveying one’s message in a coherent manner, and beyond that the class was split. Some felt that certain grammatical errors should be chastised, while others offered up the notion that potential differences in educations and cultures manifest as “bad grammar” may account for these errors. I don’t think anyone in class sits entirely on one extreme, however people were presenting contrasting sides to an argument for fairness’s sake. Personally, I do believe there is a correlation between intelligence and grammar. A native speaker with good grammar is more likely to have received a better education and come from a better family with a stronger support system than is a native speaker with poor syntax who grew up in an underprivileged and undereducated environment. My belief relies on two acceptance assumptions however: intelligence and education are closely-related, and on a whole, lower class people receive worse educations than middle and upper class people. Everyone must be reviewed on a case by case basis however, because what I posit is much too general to disqualify an individual from something like a job on grammar alone. In this sense, intelligence is linked with opportunity, and opportunity is linked with one’s socioeconomic class. No, it’s not terribly fair.