Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Newspaper's Role in Education


Recently I posted about the poor grammar used by a worker at a local restaurant. A teacher today brought in a newspaper from the town where the Wendy's is located.



Here is a headline from the paper.

Utilities work to restore power
Some have went without electricity for five days

As the voice of the area, and the written daily record of history from the county, a certain level of responsibility might be expected with the proper use of the English language. However, the dialect from an area is bound to creep in, especially if writers for the paper grew up locally.

For the most part, lack of proper grammar is not a hindrance here. "Me and" and "we was" are not even noticed in most casual conversations. In fact, overcoming common usage is one of the biggest problems students face in language arts classes.

So this brings us to the question. What is a newspaper's role in education? Should a local paper's language reflect the area, or should they serve as an example to all readers.

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3 comments:

Makayla said...

That is why you tell us to read over our comments. You would think that the person writing the newspaper cares about what they put in the paper. That way they don't make a fool of themselves. I have made a lot of mistakes in my comments. Then I had to do it over again. It was worth it though.

heather p. said...

I have trouble with talking proper. I think that if you are going to write in the news paper talk the right way. Like what Makayla said that is why you make us re-read. When you are at home talking then you can talk how ever but if you are talking in front of a large group or writing a letter then talk proper.

Destiny S. said...

Wow, you found two errors well i found 43 in the Laurelville Youth League code of conduct paper that we get when we go to baseball/softball sign up.