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November 18, 2011

Writing is not merely about writing, and grammar is not taught simply to make better writers.

I recently spoke with a parent who also teaches English grammar, but at the local public high school. We lamented the lack of a rudimentary knowledge concerning basic English grammar among our students. She relayed to me what she tells her students, how they need to know basic grammar if they wish to secure successful careers.

It is true that employers want employees who can write a memo or speak with customers using correct English grammar. “But, that is not the only reason we teach grammar,” I replied. We also teach grammar to train students how to think. The order of grammar orders our thoughts. We teach grammar to in-form the mind and to cultivate habits of right thinking that we might think rightly.


From → Education, Language

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