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Posted By: Susan Williams on September 29, 2008
Anybody dumb enough to go for Obama has already revealed a severe shortage of wattage in the cranial cavity. :>) So I guess I'm not surprised that the people who attempted to slam-dunk Sarah Palin on this website made a bunch of stupid grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.

Obama would do to our public schools what the subprime mortgage scandal has done to our nation's finances. Beware!

If Teachers College Record is, indeed, "The Voice of Scholarship in Education," then one would hope that the material posted on this website would reflect at least the level of scholarly attainment of a fifth-grader. :>)

Do you think it is GOOD for educators to make more errors in their writing than a typical fifth-grader? I sure don't.

Another one of the anti-Palin posters wrote "thier" for "their," for example. Gee. That's funny. My third-grade daughter is studying "i before e except after c" this week. So an 8-year-old with freckles who sleeps with a stuffed panda can outspell one of these Palin critics, but I'm still to give the Palin critic's nasty diatribe my full respect, attention and consideration? Give me a break.

And you, Sir, left the apostrophe out of "one's" in your first paragraph, for another example. It renders that sentence meaningless, and downgrades your credibility as someone who is thoughtful and worth listening to. Or do you consider it "meritorious" to make writing boo-boo's? I bet not.

How is it wrong to point out these errors and bewail the loss of language skill among teachers?

How is that "arrogant and elitist"?

Do you disagree that sloppy writing is a sure sign of sloppy thinking, especially coming from a so-called professional educator?

Do you realize that a person who makes as many grammar, spelling and punctuation errors as a typical teacher today would not be able to hold down an entry-level, minimum-wage job in the communications department of most private-sector employers?

Or does getting things right matter to you at all? I'd really like to know, because it's mystifying to me how people could think it's a bad idea to try to improve the quality of our communications to one another, especially in this tumultuous political season.

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 Lack of merit by ANN Hansen on September 26, 2008
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