Genrally me spellin is OK. Me grammar sometimes is not so good. I were tawt rite in skool and me english teacher would be turnin in er grave if she were to reed some of the fings people rite.
I am a teacher of riding, I long ago learnt that you cannot teach anyone anything unless they want to learn.
Some years ago I attended a primary school on an open day. One young lad, eight or nine years, was busy drawing a dinosaur. I asked him if it was a Brontosaurus and was immediately told it was a Stegosaurus and told the difference in the two (He spelt them correctly too) yet his teacher told me that he was backward and hard to teach.
I agree with the poor standards and here in the UK, many universities are complaining that new entrants are way below standard. Not just in English either.
Exams have been dumbed down to get high passes. This is not to say that the entrants are not working hard but that they are being taught so that the school passes the governments stats not so they get a good wide education.
Personally I disliked school. I found it boring most of the time. There were 38 of us in a class and although in the top stream, I found that many lessons were repeated over and over. Good teachers encouraged those that had grasped the lesson to go on to the next and set those that hadn't extra work until they did.
A teacher plays a big part in a child's life and can not only influence their learning but also their future life. Now, with many families not believing in discipline, the teacher has more problems to deal with especially in primary school.
My niece is just starting on teaching English. She wasn't sure if she wanted to teach primary of high and chose the latter because of the lack of discipline with many of the younger children. One mother, when told that her child had been punished for swinging on the curtains, said "I told the little bleeder that he wasn't to do that in school, he can do it at home."
What hope is there with this sort of attitude?
This mentioned niece disliked English as a subject until she had a new young teacher when al changed and she learnt to love it. At a parents evening my sister was attending with her younger daughter, this teacher was pointed out to my sister.
Sister then went up to the young woman and introduced herself saying that she had not an appointment with her but just wanted to thank her for all she had done helping to change E's attitude to English.
E was not pleased at her mother having spoken to the teacher but next day at the end of a lesson the teacher called E behind and said that she had been having a very bad time with parents either not turning up for their appointment or, moaning about how she was pushing them to hard. She said that she was seriously thinking about packing it in but then sis walked in and thanked her and that made it worthwhile.
The fact that on TV and the radio there are a lot of badly speaking presenters. Regional accents I can take but, bad grammar grates hard.
Not sure what can be done. Teachers have to learn that if a child does not learn when taught a certain way, to explain it in another.
Long gone are the days when any subject was corrected with a red pen for grammar and spelling - that is now considered to be incorrect and makes the child depressed.
Discipline needs to return and if a child is turned over to a school then it should be left to them to implement the rules without parents complaining.
Until teaching is left to the teachers without interference of the governments laying down the rules then things will not change.