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There was an article in the Washington Post recently about how some of the public high schools in northern Virginia (some of the best public schools in the country are in this area) are teaching their A.P. English students to diagram sentences. I can't believe they are waiting till the student is nearly ready to go to college to teach what I had to start doing in the third grade.

I went to a British-run school in Paris from first grade through eighth, and we diagrammed sentences from third grade on; by the eighth grade we could do it in our sleep (we diagrammed in both English and French). Of my friends who went to grammar school in the States, the only ones who diagrammed were in Catholic schools. They usually took Latin in high school (often with a second foreign language), so they developed a very good grasp on their native language. I'm 30; I realize diagramming was probably more common many years ago, but I think it should still be taught, and early on in one's education.

So...who else on this stellar board remembers diagramming sentences, and how old were you when you did it?
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