Britain's Prince Charles, who is known to have pointed views on architecture, apparently has a dim view of the teaching profession as well.
Speaking at a recent awards ceremony in London for children who had memorized passages from the old Book of Common Prayer, the heir to the British throne lamented the state of English teaching.
"We have seen the abandonment of learning the rules of grammar and the parts of speech as boring and irrelevant," he declared. Teachers themselves, he said, were to blame.
The Prince's comments echoed those of a British government committee last year, which recommended that every school in the country have on staff a teacher whose sole job is to ensure the proper use of the English language.
L. Douglas Wilder, Virginia's new Democratic Governor, has nominated James W. Dyke Jr. to be his secretary of education.
Mr. Dyke, a member of the state board of education since 1985, is a partner in Hunton & Williams, the state's largest law firm.
Mr. Dyke has been involved in national Democratic politics, including serving as domestic policy adviser to Vice President Walter F. Mondale.
The state's General Assembly must approve the nomination.