It seems that common sense is lagging only about thirty years behind modern life. How frightening if it ever caught up! I struggled to stifle a groan recently when I heard a very upbeat announcement on the radio, "It is now believed that more emphasis should be put upon grammar, spelling and punctuation in schools." Yippee! The proverbial penny is dropping at long last. As teachers, I and many others used to whisper the heresy of grammar, spelling and punctuation behind closed doors. The more 'progressive' teachers would bleat, "Oh no no no, you obviously don't understand, we don't believe in all that old-fashioned stuff any more. You are a dinosaur, tut tut tut."
The result is two generations of illiterates.
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