But do u care?

In class, my fellow classmates and I discussed the importance of proper grammar, both in academic and purely social settings. Basically we all agree that very strict grammar correcting in writing assignments, for example when a teacher penalizes a student for not following an arbitrary grammar rule, in an academic writing has a negative impact on the writer and their development. When teachers focus more on a student’s adherence to stringent grammar rules instead of helping them develop their own unique writing style, the teacher’s effectiveness in creating a better writer is severely diminished. Grammar is a constantly evolving idea and set of rules, and in our current age of text messaging and quick e-mails, the grammar rules have seemingly become less and less formal. Now it is common to receive a text like “Hey r u around tonight?” and the great majority of us will instantly understand what the message actually means. I think teachers should embrace this wide-reaching grammar evolution, in that kids today are now communicating, whether through speaking, writing, or text messaging, more than they ever have in history. Because of this, and the use of short sporadic text messages that are becoming more and more common these days, younger people are learning to communicate a message in even more concise ways. Text messages, and their limits on amount of characters you can send, means that people are transferring more messages, in fewer words, and this change to more informal grammar rules will lead to a positive impact on the communicative power of the current youth.

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2 thoughts on “But do u care?

  1. I would love to see more of a discussion about this idea of allowing students to use their own grammar. How might that affect their ability to write papers in other classes outside of English? How might that impact their ability to get and keep jobs once they are out of college?

    Also, what sorts of assignments do you think would work well in a Freshman Comp class that would allow students to write as they normally do, while still helping them to understand the given material AND that would help them learn to communicate with each other? Maybe discussion boards? Class wikis? Class blogs?

  2. I have always spelled out words while texting as I feel that there is no rush. (As I type this the auto correct is saying texting is not a word….not sure why). Anyway, the difference between typing “u” and “you” is less than one seconds. I also have to disagree with the statement saying that teachers should embrace this grammar evolution. I know I would not want my teachers teaching me that way when I was learning how to write. This would create habits that would carry on into students college career and professional career. I feel that the texting abbreviation should stay within texting and the correct way should be taught in schools.

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