An F for English standards

21st September 2012 at 01:00

In the debacle concerning the re-grading of GCSE English, I have sympathy for pupils, who are innocent pawns in this issue. However, I have increasingly less sympathy for teachers. They have larger issues to address. It appears that some teachers are learning their English from their pupils. Or from each other.

A secondary teacher recently published online an A-level tutorial text for a Stem subject, in which the expression "will of" appears four times and "should of" at least once. This genetic modification of the language is fast becoming an epidemic.

Richard Dobson, Frome, Somerset.

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