By Suzanne Klein on
9/9/2012 11:11 PM
Thanks to my friend Chris Drew, for permission to re-blog the following post, originally published in the Pocket Literacy Coach blog on August 14, 2012. ~Suzanne
Guest blogger Chris Drew is the founder of Pocket Literacy Coach, an innovative resource that provides parents with literacy activities to do with their children.
A friend of mine, Suzanne
, at WriteSteps
recently shared a story about how "Texting May Undermine Language, Spelling Skills
." It's an interesting summary of a new study about correlations between "techspeak" and grammar test performance. We had a friendly back and forth about our disparate perspectives on this issue. In a nutshell, she generally supports the claims of the article, and I do not. The issue of texting impacting language and grammar skills is much more complex than this one story would lead us to believe. As pop news reporting on academic research usually goes, though, the author, Rick Nauert, doesn't quite flesh out the whole story from a much larger context.
So Suzanne and I had a bit of a back and forth and we decided to trade our thoughts more publicly to see what our readers think and where they stand.