A stink over spelling

Some parents in Staten Island, N.Y., are unhappy with a middle school there. That sounds typical, but here’s why they are upset: A letter from a dean contains numerous errors in spelling and grammar.

As the parent of a first-grader, I see such errors in teacher notes, homework assignments and other prepared material that my son brings home from school. I am willing to accept some level of error — we all make mistakes, and a school doesn’t have the luxury of having a copy editor on the staff. The level of error in the Staten Island example, however, does undermine the dean’s message and makes one question his ability to teach.



  1. I think I’d be a lot more concerned about copy editors who can’t edit. In the design era where we have designers masquerading as editors, that’s a large problem. We may want to address that corner of the world first.

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