end a list of your last dozen text messages to your high school English teacher and it’s easy to imagine him or her cringing at the sentence fragments, the misspellings, and, oh, the syntax.
Despite the many benefits of technology in schools, educators for years have lamented the hatchet job that email programs and mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets, have done on the English language.
If you’ve spent any time grading papers over the last half-dozen years, you’ve probably bumped into a few of the more egregious offenders—acronyms such as LOL (laugh out loud) and ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing) have been known to sneak into students’ formal writing. There’s a place for this brand of hurried shorthand—on Twitter and Facebook, for instance. But in a school-sanctioned book report? As part of a term paper?