Tax Increase for My Local Schools? Not Until Teachers Learn to Spell

Published April 1, 2006

Editor’s note: The following anecdote was sent to School Reform News by a reader in Illinois.

A junior high in town here hosted a music contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I attended the contest because my daughter was in it.

In the room where my daughter performed, the teacher had posted up on colored paper that week’s spelling words for the kids to memorize. One of the words was “murmer.” It should have been “murmur.” I was left to wonder whether the teacher believed the crime of killing someone is called “murdur.”

I relish receiving the school newsletter each month, because it is filled with similar spelling and grammatical errors in the superintendent’s message!

Meanwhile, my school district is trying for I believe the sixth time now to get voters to approve a tax rate increase.

I will be voting no.