Grammar Goes Back to the Future of Language; Gurus Welcome Changes

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GRAMMAR is going back to school to save our kids from a fate worse than incorrect spelling and a poorly-structured sentence.

And one local language lover hopes they get it right.

Ex-Brassall and Silkstone teacher Elizabeth Clarke welcomed the reintroduction of English grammar into the national curriculum but said if the system was to work, education authorities must look to the past - way back.

"This old cynic does not believe they will get it right unless they listen to people who were teaching in the 1940s," Mrs Clarke said.

The committed education activist said teachers would have to pick up the old books written by Australia's best teachers - Queenslanders - and get back to the roots of language.

She said the education reforms of the 1960s signalled the death of English when the foundations of the language were thrown out the window and replaced with a focus on meaning.

"These people took all the structure out of teaching English," she said.

"We ended up teaching them nothing. …