Teaching Smart vs. not LO13583

Birren, David E (BirreD@mail01.dnr.state.wi.us)
Mon, 12 May 1997 12:01:36 -0500

Replying to LO13573 --

Replying in the Teaching Smart vs. not thread:

My daughter is graduating from high school in a month and she is not only
a poor speller but she doesn't have a good grasp of grammar, such as "its"
vs. "it's". She also writes both run-on sentences and non-sentences.
After years of frustration with the schools and her mother, who is an
elementary-level teacher, I am just beginning to sense that she is
learning how important good language skills are. She is extremely bright,
but I'm afraid it will be a painful path as she learns in college what she
should have been taught in grammar school. There's a reason it used to be
called "grammar" school.

There's just no substitute for knowing how to use the tools.

>Rick Karash wrote in LO13573:

>Mike, if the school's draconian measures work, then it will have been
>worth it. If not, I hope your son is able to shrug off the experience and
>go with his strengths.


David E. Birren
Organizational Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Ph: 608-267-2442, Fax: 608-267-3579

"Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know' and thou shalt progress." -- Maimonides

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