Student Writes Essay In Text Message Form

from the teacher-baffled dept

With just a little stretching you could probably turn this article into something you'd find in the Onion. We've had articles in the past about teachers getting annoyed with students using "texting shorthand" in their papers, but now a teacher was flabbergasted to receive an entire paper written in texting shorthand, which the teacher found impossible to read. The teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, was quoted as saying, "I could not believe what I was seeing. The page was riddled with hieroglyphics, many of which I simply could not translate." Of course, this is bringing English teachers out of the woodwork complaining about how text messaging is destroying the language. I think people get too worried about these things. Languages change over time. However, that doesn't mean students can't be taught when it is (and isn't) appropriate to use such "advancements".


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    Fred, Mar 3rd, 2003 @ 1:39pm

    If This Is Our Future....

    ...then the end is near. Gawd. First the grammar and spell check crutch; now this. Before long, the apes from which we sprang will have a more elegant vocabulary.

     

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    Joe Miller, Jun 29th, 2004 @ 8:35am

    No Subject Given

    Texting isn't the problem. In Ontario Canada, teachers are not allowed to teach children grammar in school, for fear of "stunting the child's creativity".
    Handwriting isn't the issue. The problem is that whether it's written or typed, children don't know the difference between a noun and a verb, nevermind putting together a correctly formed sentence.

     

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      Joe MacDonald, Jun 29th, 2004 @ 11:01am

      Re: No Subject Given

      Don't be silly, grammar is still part of the elementary curriculum in Ontario. If you're concerned that your children aren't being taught proper grammar have a talk with their teachers or the principal. I know I certainly would if I found out they weren't teaching decent language skills.

       

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      Rebecca, Aug 25th, 2004 @ 2:37pm

      Re: No Subject Given

      I have a question. Does it matter what kind of writing is used? One of my students were afraid that it would have to be done in cursive.

       

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      Chloe Muse, Jan 27th, 2007 @ 11:37am

      Re: No Subject Given

      That is true though, at my school we work all the time on grammar and my friends and I can define all of the different forms of grammar, BUT if I was asked to use them in a sentence I can only show a handful. Labeling a sentence is horrid I would never havve mad it through english if not for vocabulary. At my school my friends and I have problems with getting all our thoughts on to the paper and staying on task. It is RARE for us to go a whole class period without screwing around somehow. Even though I am one of them, I know it has effected me in both positive and negative ways. I love text messages, AIM, Facebook, and Myspace don't get me wrong but I have also noticed that my friends and I spend about 10 times more time in these areas then we do or studies and at least 10 times thought in how to cut the corners in school rather than learn the material.


      and sorry about the spelling, hah one of my major downfalls.

      oh and I am in 10th grade, in most of our classes at least five people are texting under their desk during class. and that is just our grade.

       

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        barb, Jun 27th, 2010 @ 9:53am

        Re: Re: No Subject Given

        at least you are honest. Shortcuts are dangerous in some fields..like medicine..learn the material...it will serve you well in life.

         

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    Megan, Jun 22nd, 2007 @ 9:35pm

    I'm writing a paper, and would love some input :o)

    I am writing a paper on the topic of text messaging, Facebook, Myspace... since they are such a huge growing trend. I'm interested in hearing some more opinions on the break down of our children's grammar. Also, what do you think makes text messaging so popular? Do you find it easier to talk to other's in writing? Is it to avoid long conversations? Would you rather a quick consise answer to your questions? Is it the antisipation of waiting for a reply? Would you rather speak to your friends this way, or do you find you talk on the phone just as often? Do you think that the text messaging, facebook trend is contributing in a positive way or actually hindering our society?

     

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