Borofsky is on about kids using shorthand in text and instant messaging. Jon views this as a serious problem and offers some advice to parents:

What’s a parent to do, then? I suggest eliminating text messaging from your phone service plan if your student is using a lot of shorthand. Students will be text messaging and instant messaging a lot more than they will be writing formal papers for school, and therefore it is more likely to influence the way they write outside of these avenues of communication.

Is it just me, or does teaching your kids to distinguish between formal and informal English and making sure they knew where to use either of them seem like a better idea?

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