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October 26, 2011 2:50 PM Subscribe
How would one address atrocious grammar errors, poor sentence construction and spelling mistakes in the monthly email updates from administrators of your child's school?
posted by webhund to Writing & Language (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Each month the school sends out an email containing a couple of paragraphs from each of the secondary and primary principals, dean of students and other administrators. This thing is just chock full of horrendous writing, poor grammar and other such things. Each paragraph has at least 3-4 obvious errors.
Additional relevant facts:
1. Your undersigned's daughter attends this school;
2. School is small (50-60 children per grade/15-18 per classroom);
3. This is an ex-urban public school located in semi-rural midwest US; and,
4. Each administrator writes his/her entire article for the newsletter (e.g., it's not written by a staffer).
The teachers are constantly reinforcing double-checking work, good grammar, proper punctuation and the like to my 4th Grader. And yet, the administrators send out this email that just ignores what's being taught. ("Do as I say, not as I do?"). The teachers are great, our daughter does very well, and we are "involved" parents in terms of helping out on field trips and such.
What are some constructive ways to bring this to their attention without coming across as a total nitpicker?