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Old Apr 12th 2013, 1:43 am
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Originally Posted by Amazulu View Post
Rote learning has it's place - especially for the basics. My son's school are big on it.

Many Asian countries use rote learning (recently read stuff about India) for everything. That's not a good idea.
Rote is best with maths, science, languages, and as early on as possible. As the child grows then more free-thinking should be encouraged.
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Although I was happy to be doing GCSEs rather than O levels - everything hanging on a final exam is my idea of educational torture!
I loved doing my O Levels - my brother's GCSEs seemed... pants by comparison.

A Levels now... that was a different matter. I was hugely surprised that I was expected to study (an alien concept for someone who had previously breezed through school)
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Originally Posted by Dorothy View Post
You're right, Zen. Look at the number of posters on here, native English speakers, who can't understand simple grammar. The amount of apostrophe abuse by people is appalling. I actually had to correct one of my university lecturers on this not long ago. One of the questions in a tutorial was a medication calculation..."If Sandra take's 150 mg of aspirin per day and she has a prescription for 50 100 mg tablets, how many day's will her prescription last?"

I know I sound like my parents, but back in my day () spelling and grammar were taught in primary school and reinforced throughout high school.
I'm active on 3 forums. This one which is primarily UK people, another is mainly US and the other, Australian. BE has the poorest spelling and grammar of them all.

Saying that, this is an internet forum not high school, so not really an issue.
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Originally Posted by Amazulu View Post
Rote learning has it's place - especially for the basics. My son's school are big on it.

Many Asian countries use rote learning (recently read stuff about India) for everything. That's not a good idea.
ITS!!!!!

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(Sorry, couldn't resist )
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Originally Posted by Amazulu View Post
I'm active on 3 forums. This one which is primarily UK people, another is mainly US and the other, Australian. BE has the poorest spelling and grammar of them all.

Saying that, this is an internet forum not high school, so not really an issue.
Which is really sad when you consider how advanced British working class literacy was centuries ago, compared with many other places. My grandfather worked as a miner and later a driver, and left school at 14. I have seen letters written by him that were articulate, literate, and in perfect calligraphy. I have taught people at university who wrote like children.
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ITS!!!!!

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(Sorry, couldn't resist )
Fair enough considering I've just done a 2500 word MBA assignment for which I got a higher distinction!

I never said I was any good at this stuff!
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Originally Posted by Amazulu View Post
Fair enough considering I've just done a 2500 word MBA assignment for which I got a higher distinction!

I never said I was any good at this stuff!
Ha, I just like teasing you. My grammar in a professional environment is excellent. Everywhere else... nah.

Who has the time to proof read message board posts and facebook updates?

Life, my friend, is way too short.

However, don't you just hate it when you press send and realise a rampant too has worked its way into a sentence when you know fine well it should have been a to?

Well done on the distinction. I'm doing a course which is only pass or fail - it pisses me off when I achieve 95%+ on the assignments and final exam and all I get is 'Achieved Competency'
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However, don't you just hate it when you press send and realise a rampant too has worked its way into a sentence when you know fine well it should have been a to?
I hav'e no idea what your talking about.
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I hav'e no idea what your talking about.
I've just cried into my cup of tea.

I have calmed down considerably on the "Stray Apostrophe Front". I used to be a militant member, forever armed with a piece of chalk and a bit of damp cloth, ready to sort out pub menu blackboards the length and breadth of the country.

Now I just sigh and shake my head.
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Fair enough considering I've just done a 2500 word MBA assignment for which I got a higher distinction!

I never said I was any good at this stuff!
But how was the grammar? See my post above about the level of grammar from one of my lecturers. She would have not marked down inappropriate use of apostrophes or commas since she doesn't have a good grasp of the concepts herself.

And like Dreamy said, congrats on the HD.
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But how was the grammar? See my post above about the level of grammar from one of my lecturers. She would have not marked down inappropriate use of apostrophes or commas since she doesn't have a good grasp of the concepts herself.

And like Dreamy said, congrats on the HD.
We're pulled up on grammar and spelling and marked on it. Some of the Asian and African students struggle with this and get marked down.
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We're pulled up on grammar and spelling and marked on it. Some of the Asian and African students struggle with this and get marked down.
You're at UWA, aren't you?
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You're at UWA, aren't you?
No, Curtin Graduate School in the city.
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No, Curtin Graduate School in the city.
Ah, next door to me. We should meet for coffee - I'm very intrigued as to what you actually look like
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Ah, next door to me. We should meet for coffee - I'm very intrigued as to what you actually look like
I visualise Amazulu as the shark-wrestling type.
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