Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:15
Parents and electronic gadgets have something to do with it, too, Frank!
You could be right G/Grandma although I saw my children the victims of various educational schemes that failed, one being they did not need to spell?? As long as the word looked something like the sound it was OK. Joan and I spent hours teaching my daughter the correct spelling which did pay off for her in a good job at a large firm, quite a few of the other kids were not so lucky.
ICI sent me back to college for 26 weeks of Quantum Mechanics, three of us older men and a group of very much younger students, to say I was astounded at their lack of English puts it mildly. We had to explain the reasoning and findings using blackboards and drop sheets, most of the young ones could not do that.
When we relaxed in the union building with them it came across they did not really care and at the end of the course it showed, there was a huge gap in results, the three oldest getting highest and diploma's the rest a re-sit. Where are they now I wonder.
"Hm" I write G/Grandma, just thought that could be Galloping, Glamorous, Glorious, Gregarious or Gnome, I better watch it and write it out in full Gardenia /Grandma.