Friday, February 20, 2009

Death Of The Language?

I was shocked to read this today.

I'm not sure what disturbs me the most. Are those in charge so out of touch that they believe that encouraging the use of unreadable slang in class will help kids learn? Or do they think that it is a good thing that they are promoting illiteracy when they should be teaching those kids how to construct a grammatically correct sentence with minimal spelling errors?

I am not sure where all this will lead, but it can't be good.

Lunch today with Clive and Fabi who introduced us to a new place (for us at least) in the heart of Nimes. Le Chapitre, 2a, place du Chapitre (Tel 04 66 84 93 15) serves excellent French/Italian food at reasonable (though not cheap) prices. We all chose from the 20 Euro menu, and my tarte fine (goats cheese and serrano ham), followed by risotto with pesto, tomatoes and dried serrano ham was superb. The tiramisu was nothing to write home about, but we will definitely be going back.

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