A school in Orlando, FL has seen a sharp rise in eighth-graders using online slang words, like â€œb4â€ and â€œurâ€, in class essays. There is no doubt that IM and E-Mail has made us lazy (â€œWhat is spell check?â€) and fast to write and send before we think and re-read, but what bothers me is that some educators are doing little to stop it.
Point-in-case, as CNN points out, a teacher in Raleigh, NC, thinks that this â€œphenomenon should be celebratedâ€ for â€œinventing a new language for communicating in a high-tech world.â€
Thoughts? Any school teachers or communications specialists out there?