A TEACHERS' guide to grammar circulated by the English Teachers Association of Queensland is riddled with basic errors, leading an internationally respected linguistics professor to describe it as "the worst published material on English grammar" he has seen.and
University of Queensland emeritus professor Rodney Huddleston, one of the principal authors of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, said it took the association about one year to correct the errors, and even then it confined most of the corrections to its website rather than in the journal and did not republish the guide.
"Anyone who analyses 'won't' and 'capable of' as adverbs, 'a pair' and 'set of' as adjectives, or 'Sam's' as a possessive pronoun has no business to be preparing a resource on English grammar for teachers."Kevin Donnelly adds 'Class Based Waffle'
THE debacle surrounding the resources developed by the English Teachers Association of Queensland, designed to "help teachers to defend and explain the
place of grammar in the school curriculum and in our classrooms", underscores our dumbed-down education system.
The child of a friend, eight going on nine, was given a problem for homework. She had to work out how many days something would take from one date to another. I started to recite "Thirty days has September, April, June and November..." Her mother said to me, "Oh, no. They aren't allowed to use that."
So, like the times tables, which lost favour when I was in late primary school, these little rhymes, even the little ABC song, are not allowed to be used to help remind kids (and adults) to remember things like how many days in the month and the alphabet.
This is silly. How else do they remember? It's like trying to teach kids to read with 'see-say', rather than
What are they thinking?
PS I taught her the days of the month song.