My grandson wrote a story last week – he’s in year 4 this year – about his favourite topic, dinosaurs, of course!
It had a very imaginative plot and showed the beginnings of correct grammar and structure. I was quite proud of his achievement, as all grandmas would be.
However, I was horrified to read the teacher’s comment: “a great story and you made there adventure seem real”
If his teacher doesn’t know the correct usage of their/there/they’re, how is she going to teach this knowledge to her students?
Can you imagine my excitement today, when I read the following news item:
“All would-be primary and secondary school teachers will have to pass a rigorous new competency test before they can graduate and enter classrooms under a new federal government plan…”
The item goes on to say Australian school children are now ranked 14th in the world for literacy, down from 9th in 2009! The system is setting our kids up to fail!