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Pat: I really enjoyed your email. I'd like to add a personal perspective
and hope I am not "beating a dead horse". Here is why I think good grammar
is crucial. When I taught in the Community College I noticed many of my
students used poor grammar, could not construct an intelligent sentence,
and were poor spellers. Did this make me feel superior? NO! I wanted to
help them because I knew when they eventually got a job in the medical
field many of them would be the patient's best advocate. Yet, I pointed
out to them that is they spelled vein like vain, or said ain't as in "doc
that pain medicine ain't workin' for Mr. Smith", they would never be taken
seriously.  How do I know this? I know because the crew I worked with, all
BSMT's and many with MS degrees, were often  not taken seriously. The
pecking order is alive and well at the hospital!!! Now, if my father is in
that hospital bed I want those close to the situation, the aides, OTA's,
PTA's, and ADN's, to be the best advocates that they can be. If that is a
superior attitude then so be it....my students never felt that way because
they knew I cared for them as "a person" as I'm sure most of you do with
your students. I think this thread started out about how to help a student
and I think we all agree that is what is most important.

Barbara M. Stout
Supplemental Instructional Specialist
University of Pittsburgh
311 Wm. Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
1-412-648-7920