Apparently so because in our day, back in the 1800s, we spent endless hours at the blackboard diagramming sentences.
I’m not sure at what age we started diagramming sentences, maybe 4th or 5th grade, but for sure I remember by 6th grade we knew what the verb was, what an adjective was, and what an adverb was.
I had one teacher who gave us weekly quizzes on sentence structure and we’d beg to be the one to run to the school office to get the mimeographed pieces of paper. The smell of the mimeo machine is something anyone of a certain age never forgets. And The Color Purple.
My own kids are pretty fuzzy on grammar. They speak good (!) but if asked to parse a sentence and tell me what is the adverb etc, I’m pretty sure they couldn’t. They were victims of the time in education when freedom of expression was more important than how you said it. This was at private schools no less. Awful. They also never leaned to write cursive, something we old folks were taught on double-spaced yellow lined paper.
Is it important to know what an adverb is? Or an adjective? Or how to start a sentence without saying “Me and”? I think so but I guess teachers today are too busy teaching an agenda than the Basics.
Those of you with little ones, either children or grandchildren, are they getting taught to diagram sentences? I’m curious.