Posted: 19/04/2017 at 15:53
I am dismayed that so many think that these things are no longer taught, but touched by the implication that if they were, people would use correct English. Pupils and, sometimes parents, have told me, "I don't do it like that." They feel that the rules we know are restrictive, snobby, effete. Street English is vibrant and creative, an expression of individuality as well as social context.
Does it matter? Compared to the horrors of the Middle East; the uncertainty of Trump and the chaos of Brexit, it probably doesn't. And yet... English is a language of poets, scientists, philosophers. There is great prose, oratory and drama. Many devotional works are inspiring because of the language. It has to change and develop to reflect the lives we live now, but not to be down-graded, I hope, to satisfy those who have not learned to appreciate what they wish to change.