My son just got home from school, having spent the morning taking his English Final today. He said he did okay, except that "identifying the parts of sentences took me a whole hour!" He followed up by repeating to me the words he think he missed, "is prettiness an adjective or a pronoun?" "is 'really' an adjective or a adverb?" "are both big and green adjectives in the sentance, the big, green tree is over there?" We talked about these questions in the car, then he asked me, "How come we need to know the sentence parts? Why does it matter if a word is an adverb or an adjective or a pronoun or a conjunction or an anything? Why do they teach it and why do I need to know/memorize it?" Does anyone here know why kids are still tortured to have to learn the parts of a sentence? What is the purpose of knowing this in modern education?