ELAs vs The Written Word

My child is so going to a private Christian school.

From the website of the “Disrupt Texts” campaign which is run by public school teachers of “English language arts”:

In our ELA classrooms, white supremacy shows up in one important way: the worship of the written word.

These are stupid, illiterate people. I now understand why so many college freshmen can’t write a grammatically correct sentence.

14 thoughts on “ELAs vs The Written Word”

  1. I routinely find spelling and grammar mistakes in the materials given to my kids in public school, not to mention idiocies like what you listed above, where the two clauses have a tenuous grammatical connection and definitely no fucking logical connection (…white supremacy shows up in an important way: the worship of fat squirrels and their fluffy, fluffy tails). It’s atrocious.

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  2. The problem is that there isn’t enough worship of the (correctly) written word.

    When I first came to North America, I could spell better than 90% of my classmates, precisely because I’ve been reading so much. I also don’t have the problem differentiating between the plural and the possessive that native speakers do.

    What’s the error that bothers you the most? For me, it’s “would of”.

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    1. I hate “would of” but “he would of did” is worse. I also hate effect / affect. These are completely different words! Enough already with confusing them!

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        1. “Different than”

          Is still way better than “different to” which is what many/most British people say…. (and which hits my ears the same way that tin foil hits a filling in my teeth).
          Also “innit” as an all purpose tag… I hate that one.

          I don’t hate “would of” it’s just a different way of writing “would’ve” (and maybe looks better…).

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          1. “it’s just a different way of writing ‘would’ve'”

            Actually, “would of” is a mispronunciation of ‘would’ve.'”

            Say ” would of” and then “would’ve” out loud and listen to the sound of each. Unless you speak very precise English, both terms sound exactly the same when spoken.

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              1. “when does “would of” occur in standard English?”

                If you’re defining “standard English” the same way I do — which is grammatically-correct, by the textbook rules language — the answer is NEVER.

                But most adult people in any country never open an elementary-school book about the rules of their native language, once they leave their school days behind and go out into the real world to earn their living. Instead, they adopt the common spoken version of the language that fits in with their work and social milieu.

                That’s why successful country music singers consistently have hit songs with lyrics such as, “LAY back down and love me,” and “It DON’T matter, after all.” Why rap artists regularly butcher English with verb-less phrases like, “We young, Bro! We the future!” Why many people hear the correct spoken “would’ve” as “would of,” and then write those two words when they put their thoughts to pen.

                That’s “standard English” — i.e., the commonly used language –for them.

                It can hurt your ears to hear it, but it’s never going away. So I personally recommend ignoring it, unless you’re in a position such as a magazine editor, or — GOD FORBID!, an academic professor like Clarissa , who has a moral and professional obligation to teach her students correct Spanish, no matter how strongly they protest against that “microaggression” against their verbal rights.

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