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Boycott Grammar and Punctiation Testing: Bah Humbug!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by delmamerchant, May 3, 2016.

  1. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, clauses, articles, determiners, past, present and future tense….all really good aspects of grammar to learn. Commas, dashes, full stops, hyphens, colons, semi colons, speech marks, sorry – inverted commas, there is more but having just spent the last few hours supporting a year 6 student in preparation for SATS – I think it is all a bit much. Modal verbs, noun phrases, determiners vs articles to list but a few. The only SPAG they are interested in is the one that comes with Bolognese! Sorry if this sounds flippant but I would like to see the education minister take this test and see how she deals with the deconstruction of a language that she has learnt from birth. Ahhhhh! I would definitely boycott this aspect of the test. I truely believe that it is important to write well using correct grammar and puctuation but the content of these papars is baffling even to some of the best graduates that i know.
    guinnesspuss likes this.
  2. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    I know that this is in the wrong place. sorry.
  3. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Whilst I agree that the tests are ridiculously difficult for the age range given, it is important that some testing is done to assess how well the students are progressing. The questions appear to cover a range of things that are not necessary at that age, and some are probably not essential at all. Let them focus on the essential parts of SPaG at this age.

    And it's truly, not truely ;)
  4. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Good grammar does not come from learning stupid made-up terms for how you could construct sentences it comes from reading well written books and being inspired to emulate your favourite writers styles and use of vocabulary. I recently discovered the joy of reading Richard Cromptons wonderful Just William stories despite never having got further in school than learning nouns are things and verbs are doing words ( enough said ?).
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