Why do we teach Grammar if the students don’t “get it”
? ( do they get it?)
From the beginning of the English Language, students in English class weretaught grammar through the precise instructions and rules of the grammarhandbook. I personally
vision children in the 50’s being slapped on the wrist for
forgetting a comma here or an apostrophe there. The strict use of the handbook hasbeen stressed year after year through generations, condemning kids for their errors.
Back in the early 1900’s, students had hard lives where they had to walk miles to
school in crappy weather, go to school while working on farms, or were apart of awealthy family. All these types of students were disciplined to do well to help out the family or to keep the high status name of the family. If disciplined students from
the early 1900’s who were motivated to do well in school for the well being of their
family and themselves were always punished for misusing gr
ammar, wouldn’t that
motivate them to study harder?
This means that its not just a “boring” subject,
which to many it still is, but, I believe that the problem is, that no matter what erawe are in, students until at least late years of high school, just d
on’t comprehend the“skill and drill” of grammar.
If this were not true, then why do students learn thesame thing year after year in school? As Warner says,
It seems the educationalestablishment doesn't expect students to "get it." Can any of us imagine a math orscience curriculum where the same material is presented and drilled year after year
as is the case in grammar textbooks?” (Warner 77)
. Weather someone argues for oragainst teaching grammar for whatever reason, they cannot deny this argument.