Is Twitter causing students to fail?

A recent Canadian Press article headline blames Twitter, social networking and texting for poor student grammar and writing skills.

One would think that the sky were falling upon scanning that headline.

On closer reading, however, it seems the root of the problem is a lack of attention to mandating grammar lessons or a language proficiency exam to assure standards. The article cites the Associate Dean of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia who blames “poor- or no – grammar instruction in lower schools.”

Contrary Findings

A separate article shows that researchers in Canada, the U.S. and Britain who have studied the text messages, online chats and face-to-face conversations of real teenagers say their findings overwhelmingly show the kids are all right.

Moreover, a 2009 U.K. study found that textism use was actually driving the development of phonological
awareness and reading skills in children.

Persistent Problem or Today’s Neologisms?

So what is the rush to blame social networking communication for an apparent failure in grammar and writing skills?

New words, abbreviations and acronyms enter our language all the time. Words such as radar, x-ray, robotics, cyberspace, pro-choice, pwn, quixotic, blog, and soccer mom are neologisms. What has been their affect on literacy and our communications?

The Rise of Standards or Downfall of Civilization

Bottom line may be maintain English language standards and testing in elementary and secondary schools. We can’t just go blaming every new thing for the down fall of society or social skills at a minimum.

Otherwise u cld b ROTFL 4 ea SM site thnkn its pwned
yr grmmr skls 4evr! LOL ;-p

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