This question seems to be getting more and more popular. Or maybe it’s just popular among my FB friends, I don’t know. Or maybe it’s just me, because I’ve become a crotchety old Grammar Nazi.
There is an educator in my son’s life who writes awful correspondence. He is obviously educated – he holds a pretty high position within the educational structure. But his emails are deplorable; full of grammar mistakes like run-on sentences, sentence fragments, incorrect punctuation, improper capitalization, etc. Now I understand that a lot of these emails are basic “FYI” correspondence and not for public consumption, but if he writes like this when he’s communicating to average parents, is it a stretch to think that this is how he writes all the time?
I’ve spoken with friends who have encountered similar situations with educators in their life. Newsletters sent home from teachers to parents, school flyers announcing events, even posters made to advertise school performances or athletic events contain spelling, grammar or context errors.
So how are we, as parents, supposed to handle this? Many parents don’t want to say anything to the teacher/education professional for fear that a backlash will occur, and it will fall upon their child(ren). Other parents just don’t care. But it drives me absolutely insane – these people are educators, charged with teaching proper spelling and grammar, and they can’t get it right in their personal and professional correspondence?
Which brings me to my second issue with it: much of this is professional correspondence. It is going out in email to a wide number of people, sometimes to the parents of the entire student body, or in our case, to the entire Parish. This kind of thing reflects back on our school. If the professionals cannot act or present themselves in a well-educated and professional manner, how can we expect prospective parents and students to take our school seriously?