Because marking student worked is tiring, my goodness yes.
Yesterday’s all-day marking bonanza was certainly interesting (it was my first time, but they were gentle with me).
There were some shockers. Some of the spelling and grammar was pretty weak, and there was at least one example of a student writing submitted assessment work using SMS-speak (“u” for “you”, for example). Well, it was in the first-year. But still.
This is by no means confined to one university – it’s a reflection of general undergraduate ability when it comes to English grammar.
It does seem as if higher education – and also some work-based training – is having to take on the responsibility for what should be basic literacy. This is a problem I’ve found with journalism students in general, as well as recent graduates, and it’s one that is echoed by publishing companies I work with.
What’s the answer? Stop spending millions trying to push more young people through university when you haven’t sorted out your primary education. And make young children believe literacy is a rule they have to obey.
No, it’s not the modern way. But I’ve seen the consequences. U no it makes sen5e…