>>--- On Wed, 24/9/08, Marcus Smith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I'd say it's more because *grammar* is not taught in schools any more.
I don't think much is taught in schools these days, apart from perhaps the molto expensive private/independent schools.
I worked within teacher training some years ago and I got the feeling that the traditional curriculum is much watered down these days.
When I was at school one learnt about everything, later at 'O' and 'A' levels specific areas of the curriculum were targetted. It seems to me as if this targetting to get pupils through GCSE and 'A' levels these days are started from day one so a limited curriculum is actually taught.
When I worked in HE at Chichester I was continually dismayed by the lack of general knowledge most of the students displayed even the more brighter ones. Geography seemed a particular downfall.
I remember when walking around the main computer room when one student, who had received an email from somebody, asked me where was Scunthorpe. My reply was 'North Lincolnshire', He then asked me where was 'Lincolnshire'. I replied that is was the county just north of 'The Wash' to which he asked me where was that! I then explained that it was the inlet on the coast 'above' East Anglia. Guess what his next question was?
My eventual statement was that there was little point in me explaining the location of Scunthorpe if he didn't have any knowledge of the geography of his own country to which he could relate to. I suggested he bought an atlas and studied it in depth.
I have also been dismayed by young people who support football teams, not local to themselves, and not being too able to locate the teams geographical origin on a map of the UK.
John Wood of Southsea, on the sunny riviera of Lowlandshire, somewhere on the south coast of England, apparently.