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Back to the basics


Amber Nemecek May 25th, 2011

I am amazed at how many letters were written in response to Steve Kern’s Commentary (“Commentary: Scrutinizing science,” April 13, Gazette) article. My main concern is that people are in an upro

I am amazed at how many letters were written in response to Steve Kern’s Commentary (“Commentary: Scrutinizing science,” April 13, Gazette) article. My main concern is that people are in an uproar about teaching the subject of Darwin’s theory of evolution in school when most teens can’t even construct a sentence correctly.

I took anthropology in college, and we learned about this theory. Teaching critical thinking is great, but when the basics are not learned, shouldn’t we focus on that rather than a subject that is also taught at a collegiate level? Before introducing a controversial subject in school, why not teach them how to read and write first?

I read a status on Facebook from a teen attending Putnam City High that stated they had “past the English test today.” Maybe English tests are multiple-choice these days.

—Amber Nemecek
Oklahoma City
 
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05.25.2011 at 02:03 Reply

I have older co-workers who can't spell either, but I'm not wasting my time berating them.  You act like you never made a typo?  I'll plainly admit to my mistakes, do you?  How many times have you used the wrong word for "There, Their, They're," or the wrong word for "To, Too, or Two"?  How about "Effect", and "Affect"?  Geeze?  Get a hold of yourself. Amber.  If you actually read that Facebook update instead of making it up, let me know who posted it so I can let them know about the Grammer Nazi that's apparently their "friend".

Moreover, did it ever occur to you that it's not the lack of teaching, it's the lack of listening that's contributing to this problem?  Teacher's can't compete with smart phones and app enabled MP3 players.  If the kids are stupid, that's the parent's fault for allowing them distractions before during and after school, and for not monitoring their child's study habits in the home.  Everyone wants to blame someone else.

 

By the way, I'm encouraged that the teen properly capitalized the word English.

 

05.26.2011 at 12:45 Reply

I had a 50 yr old co-worker tell me I needed to check my spell checker because he didn't realize MOOT was a word.

Trust me Amber, the kids are alright, it's the adults that are messed up.  Most of em can't even successfully tell you the 3 branches of government.

 

 
 
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