School District Employee Writing FAIL

So, since it seems yours truly won’t be picked up for a regular summer school job this year, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks planning what else to do.  I emailed the substitute teaching department of my school district to inquire about subbing opportunities for summer school.  I fully expected to get a reply along the lines of, “That pool is full; we’re not currently accepting any new subs,” which would be understandable, but it couldn’t hurt to try. 

What I didn’t expect was to get a reply that managed to fit more writing errors into a single, fragmented sentence than your average remedial underclassman could if he tried.  I’m providing a screen shot of the email, because I think that if I just typed it, you wouldn’t believe that someone employed by a school district wrote it.  My original message is quoted in gray; the answer from the office is above it. 

My big question now: why are scores of my teacher friends being booted out of their classrooms when who knows how many anonymous, illiterate drones are taking up space in some cubicle somewhere?

5 comments on “School District Employee Writing FAIL

  1. Unfortunately, I’ve seen many such missives from the offices, both school site and downtown administrative offices.

    As for subs for summer school, they usually need those, but in our district the teachers book their own for summer. Much different than the rest of the year. Guess it has something to do with miserly pay.

  2. I understand where you are coming from, but I would rather not have standardized usage in the sense that we look down on people who do things incorrectly. Even textbooks about English usage have mistakes. There are very intelligent people who may word things poorly. I do not seek professional advancement because of my fear of people judging clerical errors. However, I post a lot online and at blogs knowing people might judge me. There are times I have made mistakes on blogs and realized later. A person may think I am completely ignorant if they were to judge me by my English usage.

  3. I am sorry that I let me sensitivity to the subject influence my above comments. As I don’t have ability to edit where I blog sometimes, I see mistakes after the fact or sometimes I think of them after I send it to the person who posts. I don’t want them to have to spend too much time editing because I write in the first place to make it easier for them. For myself, I would never post if I had to worry about being perfect. However, I know I do look at mistakes by others and wonder about their lack of mastery of English sometimes. However, I do wish I could change that in myself and in society. That is my opinion but it may not be a sound one.

  4. bkb, thanks for the input. Nobody’s juding anybody’s worth as a person, or even making assumptions about intelligence, but if our educational standards–and, yes, even our traditional understanding of civilization–are to mean anything, then we need to continue to enshrine the importance of quality public communication.

    Your comments, by the way, were superb!

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