Wednesday, September 3, 2008


While helping my son with his math homework last night I noticed a spelling error on the worksheet.

OK, so we all make occasional spelling mistakes. Except that my son's math teacher didn't make a mistake, she misspelled the word again. My son's math teacher doesn't know how to spell the word "written"!

This is a basic, common word. It's not like she was writing something difficult like locatious loquatious loquacious. How the hell can a teacher not know how to spell "written"? And this is an "Exemplary" school!


Funny Circus Bears said...

Generally speaking, your kids will learn very little of lasting value in school during K-12. It is up to you, the parent, to teach them reading, writing, math, etc. It is also up to you to expand their knowledge base by involving them in activities, their community, and business. Teachers represent the bottom 10% of the college graduate pool, so putting too much faith in their abilities will always result in disappointment.

Hope all is well, Lou.

Dan from Madison said...

I agree with fcb. I am very fortunate to have the means to be able to put my kids through a private school. Anyone who thinks vouchers are a bad idea should see this post.

CrudeBoy said...

When you point out the mistake to your son's teacher, be prepared for the blowback.

Bob said...

So what did you think about Palin's speech, Lou?

I thought it was great - she is a natural speaker. Even better, though, was Guiliani's warm-up speech, though I have never liked him.

Lou Minatti said...

Crudeboy, I told my parental unit (just-retired teacher) and she said I should say something. I told her the same thing you told me. I may do this anonymously, though.

More alarming: These materials are all supposed to be reviewed. The reviewer didn't catch this spelling error either.

Bob, Sarah Palin rocked. Even the Obama camp realizes this.

Funny Circus Bears said...

I'm leaning Dem this election, but Sarah P absolutely exploded onto the American political scene last night. She killed.

And Rudy...he started out like a limp boomer grasping in the dark for Viagra, and ended up ramming it home like Ron Jeremy. Even I wanted to have his baby.

Tonight I don't think McSame measure up to his opening acts.

BTW, I would not correct your boys teacher in this matter as there is nothing good (for your boy) that would result from that, and potentially much bad.

Bob said...

Yeah, McCain is not an especially compelling speaker. But his story is better than anything any novelist ever came up with and the guy represents the ideal American hero as much as any politician I've ever heard of. I'll for a man who can come through that sort of adversity, especially over the Annointed One.

Lou Minatti said...

BTW, I would not correct your boys teacher in this matter as there is nothing good (for your boy) that would result from that, and potentially much bad.


Funny Circus Bears said...

His speach wasn't exactly a barn burner, but he told a very compelling story. Very compelling.

Scott said...

You know, it's kind of funny but I teach math. I'm also dyslexic. So, I've got to be REALLY careful with my spelling. It's pretty ironic that I went into careers (Wall Street and teaching math) that desperately require accuracy. Luckily, I can spot numbers more accurately than I can spelling. I can add ridiculously long strings of numbers up in my head and speak with a real eloquence when needed but I'd be having to do quite a bit of work if it weren't for spell check.

And on the math teachers part that was just lazy. He/she should have checked over the material before they handed it out to the kids. That was probably an assignment drawn up at the last minute. Still, they should have been more careful.

Still, I'm surprised the kids didn't call him/her on it. I actually challenge my kids to catch errors. I rarely make them but it does happen. And yes, you should point it out to the teacher. Though anonymous is best. I've found that I'm a rare breed of people that likes suggestions and on occasion criticism. But then I've always been open that way regardless of what job or venture I do.

Also another bit of irony. Private school teachers, especially those of religious schools, are paid a fraction of what public school teachers are. They also have to cover a major part of their own continuing education costs that public teachers do not. It's the fact that private school children have parents that actually encourage them to study and do homework. Some times I feel elated if 10% of my kids bring their homework back or even can have 1 in 20 parents return my calls. I've seen parent/teacher nights that were scheduled a month in advance in which no parents bothered to show. It saddens me sometimes that only my gifted/talented kids have parents that seem to want to get involved.

It may be just that I'm one of those teachers who really cares but I relish when a parent wants to talk or get involved. Sure, there are disagreements sometimes but I'll take those anytime over someone who doesn't care.

You're a good dad Lou.

Lou Minatti said...

You're a good dad Lou.

Mucho thanks. That's really made my day. 'Preciate it!