I'm still waiting for the first Ed reform that requires teaching more instead of less.
This year in the London Times, Truss pithily summed up her frustration with the decline in grammar teaching: "People can read very widely and well, and they are still not able to spell, or construct a sentence, or work out whether there's an apostrophe in 'its'. It's similar to music. You don't just pick up how to play the piano. I feel kids are being let down. In a communications age, knowing how to write is a life skill."
Formal grammar is not a usual part of most Victorian school English courses. This has been the case since the 1970s when it went out of fashion and creativity at all costs was the preferred approach. The results have been ruinous on standard English acquisition.
October 23, 2006
Grammar on the Ropes
From Australia's The Age: