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I agree with all of those who praised the value of teaching kids
the rules of grammar and usage. Diagramming sentences, though, is
a different matter.
Is diagramming peculiarly American? (It certainly is peculiar!)
I'd never heard of it until I came to this country, and I never did
get the hang of it -- or want to. It seems to add an unnecessary
layer of complication: the student must learn the rules of
diagramming in addition to those of grammer.
I never learned how to do it, never wanted to, and have never felt
the lack. I real good write without it. (That's a joke, son.)