Compulsory grammar lessons in English public school

The Education Guardian reports that the head of Brighton College, Richard Cairns, has introduced compulsory grammar lessons in his school as he had noticed the lack of grounding in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Most interestingly, the task of teaching the basics of grammar to the pupils has been allocated to classics rather than English teachers. Follow the link to read the article:,,1891979,00.html

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  1. Froukje Henstra

    That is interesting! The link between English grammar and the classics seems to be turned around here from the eighteenth century idea that a vernacular grammar can be based upon classic grammar, however. If I read correctly the idea is that students who have no knowledge of vernacular English grammar, cannot possibly do well in the classic languages, with their reliance on grammatical building blocks and concepts.

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