Good grammar not vital for stories?

Education experts have found that grammar lessons may help children construct sentences, but not their ability to write stories. The team behind the study, which is believed to be the first of its kind, told The Times that their findings challenged the idea that primary school children should be taught about grammatical constructs such as subordinate clauses, adverbials and modal verbs.

The Department for Education is not planning to drop grammar from the curriculum any time soon: a spokesperson told the paper that “good grammar is central to achieving our target”. (The Week, 2 March 2022)

My comment: “Education experts have found that grammar lessons may help children construct sentences, but not their ability to write stories.” Dear, oh dear! Yes, fellas, constructing stories is rather important, I would suggest. Does it help the imagination? Not much, but that is a totally different thing. A good story is built out of an imaginative brain. Grammar is the scaffolding.

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