For parents whose children have gone all the way from elementary school through high school in the Palo Alto Unified School District, were your children ever taught sentence diagramming in their language arts or English classes? How much formal grammar instruction do you recall your children receiving?
I am the parent of an elementary student and I can't see the evidence of a whole lot of grammar instruction from looking over my student's work, with the exception, perhaps, of learning the parts of speech. (Although, when I queried my child the other day, my child couldn't tell me what a preposition is.)
As I recall, the SAT has a fair number of grammatically related questions. How are kids preparing for SAT grammar in high school? Do PAUSD language arts and English classes prepare them well enough, or are high school parents having to play catch up with kids to get them ready for the SAT?