Grammar: conforming or improving?

I have been struggling with something for a few years. Who says that a specific set of grammar rules is right? While I have not specifically studied the history of grammar of the modern American English language, it is my belief that it is based on the writings of the white, elite men. That is to say, it is the “white” culture that decided what was proper English. But stating that it is “white” culture is another one of my points. There is country and inner-city English, neither of which conform to the standard rules of English grammar. And within … Continue reading Grammar: conforming or improving?

Grit, Money, and Moral Support in Education

Americans have a long tradition of throwing money at a problem. Our focus on the government budget is just one example. But money does not resolve every problem, or even most problems. Andreas Schleicher, in his TED talk goes into great detail about data mining and the findings as a result of research done on education systems from around the world. What he found was that money does help education, up to and including a certain point. Basic supplies and well paid teachers are very necessary to a good classroom. However, he goes on to explain that at a certain … Continue reading Grit, Money, and Moral Support in Education