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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Posted by Tanstaafl
State of the Union Address:

This nation will not go back to the days of simply shuffling children along from grade to grade without them [sic] learning the basics.

I absolutely shuddered when I heard this. In a sentence about the basics of education, it is CRITICAL to get the grammar right. "Learning" is a gerund and, as such, requires a possesive pronoun. Somebody in the speech-writing staff didn't do his or her job.


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