Re: 'Stereotype' thread - evolved.

Subject: Re: 'Stereotype' thread - evolved.
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 14:40:00 -0500

John Posada wrote:
> I'd like to divert this thread to a different subject, that I think
> we will find more suitable to this forum.
> Some background. My girlfriend has a 15 year old daughter, and my
> best friend has a 17 year old daughter and a 15 year old son.
> Every once in a while, I'll get an email or IM from one of them, or
> from kids of other friends (I'm working with two teenagers to teach
> them how to put up a simple web) and I'm appaled at the lack of
> structure, lack of grammar or punctuation, continuity, run-on
> sentences, and spelling. Everything is reduced to the minimum number
> of characters; ur for your, u for you, etc. I understand the purpose
> of shorthand, but for those that are at the stage of learning complex
> composition, are they able to keep the two separate?
> For all intents and purposes, this generation is the first generation
> that is learning to write online. Not having kids, I don't know if
> what I'm seeing is typical of the group, yet when they need to, are
> able to compose sentences with nouns, verbs, and periods, or if this
> is going to become the standard way of communicating once they get
> into the workforce. If the later, what is this TW field going to
> evolve into?

> I'd be interested to hear if this is an actual issue or if I'm just
> being "old", from any parents, teachers, or preferably, both, as to
> how the two types of writing are kept in their place.

John you are right, both are manifestations of the same disease.
I do mean to offend. The culprit is our educational system where kids
receive social promotions rather than merit promotions. There is little
incentive to learn the basics. I have also seen first hand, where higher
educational institutions were being used as a substitute for grade and
high school. They tried social promotions at CUNY in the early 1970's
and it turned out to be a dismal failure. Plus <ducking early and
<putting on flame retardent suit,>
too many educational administrators take the lazy way out and the
teachers don't like to buck the system. Yes fortunately there are
exceptions, but too few of them.


There are few situations in life that cannot be resolved
promptly, and to the satisfaction of all concerned,
by either suicide, a bag of gold,
or thrusting a despised antagonist over a precipice on a dark night.
Ernest Bramah (Kai Lung stories)

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