Teachers: Text message shortcuts trip...

Teachers: Text message shortcuts trip up students

There are 136 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 16, 2008, titled Teachers: Text message shortcuts trip up students. In it, Newsday reports that:

Every so often while Jeff Littwin is grading papers he'll come across three letters.

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#24 Jun 16, 2008
ooops mai bad...

LOLspeak ur doin it rong!!1!

Amityville, NY

#26 Jun 16, 2008
I understand that technology is important in everyone's lives; and the kids use it like we used to use the phone when we were teenagers. However, there is a place and time for it - along with the language. I totally agree that they must learn how to write correctly and without abbreviations. Kudos to those teachers who do not cave to the practice of text messaging and instant messaging in order to pass these kids. Yet, I am concerned with the teacher's usage above: "There's no commas, no periods." (I believe that should be: "There are no commas...."

Eastchester, NY

#27 Jun 16, 2008
We are going to end up with today's teens having zero capability to read and write the English language as it was intended!

Teachers are correct in deducting points for text message words in assignments!
Think about it

Newark, NJ

#28 Jun 16, 2008
What once was the foundation of our education (reading, writing and arithmetic) has become extinct! When was a child required to read a book during summer recess? How dare you expect that of my child, he has camp, vacation, etc. When were the basics of math (algebra, geometry, and trig)last taught? We now have Math A and Math B, mixing it all together so they understand it better...ha! And writing? Today's kids can barely address an envelope correctly, and you want a research paper????
Our education system is in shambles, and we are truly short-changing our children...funny though, our taxes just keep going higher! Go figure!


Eastchester, NY

#29 Jun 16, 2008
I rest my case wrote:
<quoted text>
perfect example; thank you.
That should read.

"Perfect example, thank you."

I rest MY case!

United States

#30 Jun 16, 2008
Real World

Astoria, NY

#31 Jun 16, 2008
Rrly do I agr w/tchers, but this time they are right.

Great Neck, NY

#32 Jun 16, 2008
It us about time!! As a mother of three kids who text all the time. I do text back but they say I am slow because I usually write everything out. Force of habit, I guess!! Although, I am guilty of occasionally writing a number 2 in place of the word to! I was wondering if that would start to happen to our kids out there with all the lingo slang to start showing up in their classwork. Text lingo is okay for use in texting only or in instant messages! School work was meant to have some kind of reverance of importance at least it was when I went to school back in the day!!

New Rochelle, NY

#33 Jun 16, 2008
WTF A..Hole?! TTFN

Since: Jan 07

Hagerstown, MD

#34 Jun 17, 2008
I love to go to the Deli and give a twenty doller bill and get change for
a Hundred dollers, Its great when your kids can't count change. LOL
or add and subtract I win! money.
Slappy Sanchez

Milford, CT

#36 Jun 17, 2008
This is why it's fun to read the news after a long weekend. Usually a few of these dopes end up splattered on a telephone pole or something.
Death Race

Brooklyn, NY

#37 Jun 17, 2008
These kids won't make it in the corporate world. I hope they like sweeping floors and flipping burgers.
Death Race

Brooklyn, NY

#38 Jun 17, 2008
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
This is why it's fun to read the news after a long weekend. Usually a few of these dopes end up splattered on a telephone pole or something.
We can only hope for such luck.

West Nyack, NY

#39 Jun 17, 2008
The dumbing down of America continues. A vast majority of high school students today will find employment in the fast food service sector or behind the cash register of a local big box store. Their parents should be proud of what they've created. Precious cargo indeed.

Honolulu, HI

#40 Jun 17, 2008
Why all the fuss? Perfect for the military, fast food, retail, recreation, health service, etc. industries to have an unlimited supply of virtuality loving bozos. Another thing- I am grateful to have been spared any reporting on the content of those thousands of text messages. Keep in mind that this is a generation that has abandoned reading and thinks that Sparks notes digests are sophisticated.

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Jun 17, 2008
I know a ton of kids who cannot spell because of this, its a disgrace

texting is fine but they should know how to spell!

Delta, CO

#42 Jun 17, 2008
This is a non-story, so I will make this quick.

Start with parents who are not up thier kids butts when it comes to education, claiming that thier too busy with second jobs, other things, etc is plain Bravo Sierra. Our grandparents never had this issue.

These same parents giving thier kids a Blackberry MAY be an issue.

For kids reading this, its called proper GRAMMAR. If I were a teacher, and I'm not, if your my student and you can't spell, you fail. If you can't pass English in school, you are left with repeating whatever grade your in. Repeat offenders may have to stay in the 10th grade for several years.

Did I say I was going to be quick about this? Must be my age.
Met Fan

Bronx, NY

#43 Jun 17, 2008
Is it too much work and effort to write the word, "to," instead of, "2," or, "be," instead of, "B?" G-d help us all!

“say what you mean...”

Since: Nov 07

and mean what you say.

#44 Jun 17, 2008
if a kid can't switch back and forth between texting mode and schoolwork mode, their grades should reflect that. if they still don't get it, too bad, they'll fail. maybe then parents will take away the cell phones.
Scared of the Future

Freeport, FL

#45 Jun 17, 2008
I agree - Fail them - Stop No child should be left behind. If they can't learn correctly then keep them there until they do. Children are starting to rule the world and the ways at an early age - IT NEEDS TO STOP!!!!! IT ALSO NEEDS TO START AT HOME.....

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