Letter: Rights and wrongs of teaching standard English

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Sir: What the mandarins of Government have failed to recognise ('Explicit targets for grammar fuel controversy', 16 April) by enforcing teachers of English to feed 'standard' or 'correct' grammar and vocabulary to schoolchildren is that in doing so they are implying that the child's parents, relations and peers are at best ignoramuses, at worst fools.

No self-respecting child will stand for that. This country will become an even drearier place if we no longer hear the good folk of Yorkshire say: 'I were up while 11 o'clock last night and didn't see owt worth watching on t'box.'.

Yours sincerely,


Hastings, East Sussex

16 April