Why the English language is under threat from technology

The English language is under threat from social media shorthand and automation, argues Joe Nutt. To combat this, we need to radically rethink how we teach teens about the way in which they communicate

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The more I think and write about how English literature and language is taught to teenagers, the more I’m convinced these twin pillars of the secondary school curriculum is cracked and crumbling under the massive weight of the cultural change it is being forced to bear. If we wait for credulous politicians or appointed regulators to act on pupils’ behalf, we’ll be bitterly disappointed because, as recent history has repeatedly demonstrated to us, Silicon Valley exhibits all the ethical caution of a tsunami when it comes to stemming the tide of social media malpractice. Cultural climate change ...

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