Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 22:12:14 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: The reason kids miswrite ITS'
Thanks for giving due credit to those who are still pushing the stone
up the hill at NCTE. I must plead mea culpa also, having diverted my energies
into bilingual education for twenty years. But despite all, on taking up
teaching English linguistics again after moving to Arizona, I was shocked
at the backsliding that had occurred since 1972, when we were confidently
and rather smugly singing "We have overcome", and thinking the English teaching
profession had been so thoroughly imbued with linguistic understanding that
the next generation of students would no longer have to have all the
traditional misconceptions and lack of knowledge remediated. Alas, if anything
the students today are even less knowledgeable than twenty years ago. And it
is not just a biased Arizona sample, since a large percentage of students
here are from other states (with temperatures in the 70s and having to use
the air conditioning today, the attraction is understandable).
And while giving credit, let me add our collective indebtedness to
you for your outstanding contribution to us all as editor of American Speech.