"The Political?" What does politics have to do with the teaching of grammar? Twenty years ago, I would have asked that question. The links on this page lead to several answers.
Clear, Testable Standards -- A Plea for Literacy proposes a grade-level sequence of clear, testable standards that parents can understand.
"Open Letters" from KISS Grammar (including a series on the Common Core)explores the problems in the Common Core.
"The Crime: Our Failure to Teach Teachers" explains how no one at the university level wants to take responsibility for teaching a good pedagogical grammar to future teachers. As a result, any "required" course in grammar for future teachers ends up being either something to be avoided, or something to support graduate students. Either way, we continue to send English teachers into classrooms without any solid foundation for teaching grammar.
Money! Burn the Grammar Textbooks!" explains some of the problems with
those big, expensive textbook series from the major publishers. Here, of
course, the question is one of politics and money. These publishers are
not going to support an approach to teaching grammar that eliminates their
NCTE's Problem with the Teaching of Grammar This link calls for a national, public investigation into NCTE's role in the teaching, or I should say, the non-teaching, of grammar.
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