I just sat down with one of my teen son's language arts teachers. She remarked that more and more students are having issues with writing, specifically the mechanics- grammar, punctuation, spelling- than ever before, and many have really poor handwriting skills that are effecting their composition and note taking skills.
Is this an isolated phenomena, or is this happening all over? What do you think the reasons are for this, and how can we fix them?
While I think the de-emphasis of handwriting and grammar in early grades is in part to blame, I don't know that for sure- any thoughts?