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    By the time most children leave high school they have not mastered Standard english either in its spoken or written form, why?

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    I don't know if that is true, so I cannot say why it is true.

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    Many will speak regional English. For instance, in the north of England it is common to say 'it were' instead of 'it was'. There is little uniformity in the language spoken and learned in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetvos
    By the time most children leave high school they have not mastered Standard english either in its spoken or written form, why?
    I'm afraid that this is a sign of the times. In many places, the schools are terrible, the children don't show up, and the parents are missing or unconcerned. English is not the only area that is suffering, but it is one of the most noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I'm afraid that this is a sign of the times. In many places, the schools are terrible, the children don't show up, and the parents are missing or unconcerned.
    You might well be talking about the Saint Louis Public School System. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    English is not the only area that is suffering, but it is one of the most noticeable.
    How can they teach something they do not know? You are required to have a college degree to be a school principal, but there are at least two principals that I know of whose writing would not reveal that they are college-educated. Maybe that is why they are elementary school principals. Maybe the powers that be figure they don't need to know any more than the kids.

    The certification requirement does not keep incompetents from being either principals or teachers, but it does keep good people out of both positions.

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    What do you think?

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    At one of the schools I teach English here, the head English teacher cannot speak English!

    She always speaks to the foreigners in Chinese :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    At one of the schools I teach English here, the head English teacher cannot speak English!
    That is weird.


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    Does she actually teach any students?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Does she actually teach any students?
    Yes she does, but I suspect she teaches reading & writing; for which she need never speak :wink:

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