End of ADS-L Digest - 12 Jan 1996 to 13 Jan 1996 ************************************************ There are 17 messages totalling 269 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. The reason kids miswrite ITS' (4) 2. Don Lance 3. Commonly misspelled words 4. 'old maid' (2) 5. Judgement and Theatre (6) 6. Don Lance's address 7. Driving 8. Estimating Potential Book Sales ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 22:12:14 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: The reason kids miswrite ITS' Ron, 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. Rudy