Tracing the rise and fall of grammar instruction ("Grammarians in Hoodies," Education Next, Spring 2013
"I'm talking about gross errors in usage and sentence structure that detract from that goal.
Companies complain that workers can't fashion a clear and coherent memo. That doesn't surprise me at all. Young people can't enunciate a declarative sentence without the words "like" or "you know." That assumes they even know what a declarative sentence is. So when it comes time to put their thoughts in writing, they're predictably at a complete loss. Texting, of course, only exacerbates their deficits."