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to think the grammar and punctuation test should not be a big deal

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Sallyingforth Fri 25-Jan-13 16:10:50

Of course it's vitally important. Even more so in these days of auto-correct and txtspk.
If you leave school without being able to express yourself clearly - verbally and in writing - then you are always going to be at a disadvantage in a competitive world.

degutastic Fri 25-Jan-13 15:57:31

YABU, schools are clearly failing to teach this successfully because the standard of English is so low in young people today. Therefore, more focus on spelling and grammar is a good thing. If this test forces teachers to spend more time on the basics, I think it will be progress.

specialsubject Fri 25-Jan-13 15:56:23

oh FFS. No 'SUBSTITUTE' for being able to write correct English.

pushed 'post', not 'preview'. Happily real life allows correction before issue!

specialsubject Fri 25-Jan-13 15:55:16

regardless of how it is taught, it DOES matter. Auto-correct is only an aid and no subject for being able to write correct written English.

English is a difficult language to learn even as a native speaker, so the more help and testing, the better.

VoiceofUnreason Fri 25-Jan-13 15:45:42

I can't speak for the youngest children, but based on letters and emails I receive from GCSE students looking for work experience, whatever we have been doing has been a dismal failure.

valiumredhead Fri 25-Jan-13 15:40:11

Ds has grammar homework every week, I'm really impressed with what they cover as standard. He knows tons more than I do grin

wineandroses Fri 25-Jan-13 15:04:24

Well, I think Gove is a twat who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near schools, education, pupils, teachers...

But looking at that test, I don't think it is true that all schools teach this stuff anyway, because there seem to be so many children leaving school who haven't got the foggiest idea of how to use grammar, punctuation etc. Not saying mine is perfect, but I have seen some truly terrible examples of poor writing.

kim147 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:58:48

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I'd fail at grammar tests. I don't need to know how to spell now I have auto correct grin

SirBoobAlot Fri 25-Jan-13 14:54:35

YABU. Grammar and punctuation are hugely important, and identifying when children are having difficulties is equally so.

kim147 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:47:25

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