I’ve written before about how I am no longer a teacher. How editors aren’t teachers. Perhaps I was hasty in making that statement (over the years–hasty like a tortoise). Continue reading “The editor as teacher”
Lest we think that we’re alone in our clearly declining standards in English usage, spelling, and grammar, I offer this article from the BBC News, dated 28 June 2012.
I’ll let the article speak for itself, but I will say this: Is anyone else bothered by the fact that every paragraph is a single sentence?
Okay, so I won’t let the article speak entirely for itself. I have to wonder, as an English teacher myself, at the claim that “(t)here’s very little evidence of a benefit to teaching grammar (through grammar drills and exercises).” Speaking purely for myself, that’s exactly how I learned. And I learned it well. Well enough that when I had to take an editing test for a position at a company, I not only found all the errors–I also found four more that the key didn’t include. (I believe the key was updated to reflect those, after I was hired.)