10th October 2012
Link reblogged from Steven with 2,225 notes
NO LISTEN, SERIOUSLY GUYS
- What you call “correct grammar” is a social construct which is useful to know specifically because people will equate it with your level of education when you are…
Yeah, that’s all fine, and I enjoy seeing the way different people express themselves while down at the pub or posting on Tumblr. I do, however, get annoyed when people take that further to argue that children should not be taught correct grammar. Social construct it might be, but it’s undeniably necessary if someone wants to go onto higher education. If grammar isn’t taught in schools then kids just have to hope that their parents pass it on. It’s an effective way of keeping children of poor and uneducated parents from tertiary education. People can talk however they want, but they should at least be given the opportunity to learn “correct” grammar.
Incidentally, it also makes it much harder to learn another language. I wasn’t taught grammar in school, but since my family read an insane amount I picked up the correct way to use the language. When I started learning Spanish I had a lot of trouble because I didn’t know what the teachers were trying to teach - I hadn’t even been taught what an infinitive was.