April 3, 2014
Considering Bryan’s fondness of the English language and fully expressing himself in complete sentences, this cause spoke to him loudly, clearly and with a full Oh My Goodness! spelled out in its entirety.
The gramMARCH challenge is the brainchild of middle school teacher Heather Shotke, who has seen these abbreviated forms of language migrate from the screens of smartphones to the pages of her students’ work product. She is shocked at the type of writing that comes across her desk – even in formal essay assignments.
“I am disappointed and appalled,” Shotke said. “Kids are using ‘text language’ in their academic work and they think it is acceptable because that is how they are communicating with their friends on social media. It worries me that they cannot differentiate between a formal, school assignment and a text to a friend.”
Shotke, a graduate of the Annenberg School of Communication at USC, is concerned that society has become too acceptant of this new-era shorthand. Students are not the only ones at fault. Adults too have adopted this lax method of prose. Through gramMARCH, Shotke is challenging the nation to slow down and think about what they are writing, so that thoughts and words are concise and given respect.
Big Daddy Radio isn’t just about the spoken word, but about the written word, as well, to convey clear and complete opinions.
We’ll also be joined by attorney, Daniel Gamez and Guest Co-Host, Sandy Rasque.
Heather teaches in Rosemead at a K-8 school – 7th and 8th. She has taken her cause beyond her classroom, yet that is what inspired her. She has friends who teach at reputable colleges that notice this same writing style in entrance essays and exams. Did you know they are dropping the entrance essays in the SATs – probably inspired by the lack of interest of clear and accurate expression through writing.
LOL, OMG have their places, but in a professional email, essay or proposals are not the places. How do you build confidence in your message if your audience has to decipher what you are attempting to say. This is leading to a severe decline and disconnect on how we communicate with each other. The bad habits are being formed now. But think about it, sometimes they text when they are sitting next to each other for privacy.
Daniel Gamez is a debt settlement specialist including medical bills. His goal is to help clients avoid bankruptcy, gain some positive spending and saving habits and lose the noose of debt.
Daniel R. Gamez,an attorney focusing exclusively in debt settlement, is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in California and Texas. Mr.Gamez is a member of the State Bar of California, State Bar of Texas, San Diego County Bar Association, La Jolla Bar Association, North County Bar Association, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, Bird Rock Elementary Governance Team, and a number of other business and social networking organizations.
You can find his firm here >
Sandy Rasque has started with a new company, Concierge Medicine. Her role is to help them with branding. It’s a bit of client advocacy as well as assisting them through the maze of medical care.