Just wondering what some of your thoughts are on the current methods of teaching grammar and writing in the public school system are. I just turned 27, so I've been out of high school for nearly ten years (skipped college and opened my own business) and the more I hang around these forums, the more I'm discovering that alot of the rules I was taught are absolute rubbish. One I asked about was starting a sentence with 'and' which seems perfectly acceptable to most here, yet in my classes you'd burn in hell if you started a sentence with a conjunction. Another one that was always touted as a huge no-no was long sentences like the ones found at the opening of Mantissa. There's more, but I'll save it for the sake of not ranting. That being said, do you think our schools are doing more harm than good where our youth and writing are concerned?