- Last Updated on 08:00 AM 08/08/12
- BY Paula I. Bryant
With summer coming to a close, it’s time for a few days of R&R.
So for this week’s column, we are turning our space over to guest columnist Nick Thomas who has written the following back to school humor article.
How Knot Too Right
By Nick Thomas
As the new school year approaches, I would like to undress you all today concerning a serious education problem facing this nation — the inability of the younger generators to write properly.
It’s a very disturbing trend, because there is a vast suppository of knowledge lodged in the collective minds of today’s youth who desperately need to espresso themselves better.
As one of our grating vice-presidents, Dan Quayle, appropriatingly mistated: “Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.”
I could not depress it any better than that.
So why do students have difficulty writing?
Well, let me play the devil’s avocado for a moment. Perhaps we could place the blame on the country’s broken education cistern and its incontinent teachers. But this just adds a salt to injury, which really stings. Our educators are the finest in the world, so we shouldn’t place the blame at our teachers’ feats.
Students must accept some responsibly. They are often too focused on afterschool extra-vehicular activities such as sports, playing with their X-boxers, and movies.
In fact, we should condemn the film industry’s affluence which emphasizes fantasy and violence, rather than educating an audience. And with their rampant erotic themes, it could be argued that Hollywood had been grossly negligée in this area.
Much of the fault (and it’s not just a pigment of my imagination) also rests with the parents — and you know who you are. If you don’t, modern forensic science can help with the aid of NBA testing.
The simple fact is that today’s parents are often too busy to think about insuring their children’s academic success. Some parents are so stressed, they even resource to drinking. I personally know several who regularly attend Alcoholics Unanimous.
As a result, children are neglected: they return home to empty houses, have to blow wave their own TV dinners or eat junk food, then struggle alone to copy homework essays from the Internet. Where are the parents to warn that Cheetos never prosper?
It’s no wonder kids neglect their studies and create mischief at school, even those who come from effluent families.
Students have always had a knack for irrigating their teachers, but today’s kids can be especially disruptive. Just the other day, I read of a child who opened all the faucets in his school’s arrest room. The water damage was so severe, they had to evaporate the school. Honesty, this nautical behavior leaves me with Butterfingers in my stomach.
Students need guidance —emotionally and academically. Teachers and parents have a responsibility to enrage a student’s mind by forcing them to develop communication skills and the ability to repress themselves in writing.
I know teaching the rules of composition often goes down like a lead baboon, but they are essential tools for invective expression.
Let’s examine some writing basics.
Tenses. These often cause trouble, especially if you forget them when camping. But I digress.
Punctuation: No English teacher wants to send home students with conjuctionitis or have to perform a semicolonoscopy on a term paper rife with punctuation errors.
What about grammar, I hear you ask? Well, the old battle-ax has been living with us for seven years now and refuses to croak, but I digest again.
I think you can see what I’m incinerating here. No student likes to be prepositioned by a teacher. But developing writing skills can be a huge advantage when competing for employment.
For instance, what kid wouldn’t strive to become an extinguished American libel filmmaker like Michael Smore? Or a renounced vice-president such as Joe Bidet? Or even a visionary inventor, such as Henry Forward?
So as the summer drawers to a clothes and students return to school, I invite them, their teachers and parents, to work together to make more young Americans legitimate. Let’s stamp out mixed meteors forever, and never spit another infinitive again.