This title reminds me of a line from a song in My Fair Lady, “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.” We may not know any other lines in the song, but we remember that one because it’s a type of mnemonic – a rhyme.
Something is happening in our educational system and our language. Children are no longer required to memorize poetry or the Gettysburg Address or lines from Shakespeare. The beauty of our language is quickly being replaced with cryptic text messages like, GGOH Gotta Get Outa Here or LOL Laughing out Loud. Writing is becoming a lost art, along with the beauty of recitation. Maybe you are saying, “Who cares if someone can recite Longfellow’s poem, Paul Revere’s Ride.” You should care because your children are losing the ability to retain information. Use it or lose it! [Read more →]
February 15, 2012 Comments Off