[Identifying marks removed, Received on April 13, 2006]


I have just read an article on the web regarding your dislike of the Microsoft grammar checker and I feel compelled to email you.


I cannot believe you are claiming or even considering that the poor grammar exhibited by your students is the responsibility of Microsoft.


Here's a great idea - instead of instilling values in your students that allow them to blame a writing aid (which personally I find extremely useful) for their inability to quality check their work, why not instil a value that tells them THEY are responsible for ensuring their work is correct, of acceptable quality and free from grammatical errors. You never know, a good command of the English language may even stand them in good stead later in their careers.


[Sandeep says- “For the record, I have never viewed these two objectives as mutually exclusive”.]