Guest blogging on Core Knowledge Blog, Fred Strine laments the ignorance of his fellow teachers, now known as “facilitators.”
Of my 28 colleagues in the English dept. only one other geezer and I know what a direct object is. My grammar diagnostic test routinely given to 7th graders in the 70s proved way too tough for my current high school TEACHER colleagues. Our Language Arts department has no Standard English textbooks. The facilitators wouldn’t use them anyway. “Besides, nobody cares about stuff like subject-verb agreement anymore,” I’ve been told. Meanwhile glaring errors such as, “Her and me feel the same,” pass muster with both students AND their facilitators.
Strine just retired from teaching after 36 years, taking his knowledge of the direct object with him.