It’s Hard To Take People Serious Sometimes

On occasion, I have been known to come on here and complain about people’s grammar, etc.  I do so not because I am some sort of self-appointed “grammar police,” but because I like to point out how foolish people make themselves seem when they cannot even use proper grammar.

I especially got a kick out of a comment I read on a thread for an article about sending kids to public versus private schools (for the record, my own daughter goes to public school and is doing just fine, thank you).  The comment, which I will share below, is of what I have noticed is becoming a typical talking point by so many who espouse private education over public, and that is the supposed “liberal indoctrination” of students in the public school setting.  Anyway, here is the comment that prompted this entry today:

“If public schools were not “government schools” I’d say yes. But who wants there children being taught by LIBS!”

It was posted by a user by the name of “Sandy Anfang.”  Now, what in that comment would prompt me to write today?  If I am to make an assumption about the commenter, it is that either they went to private school, send their kid(s) to private school, or both.  It just makes the most sense when looking at the context of what they wrote.  But, if I were to follow that assumption to its likely conclusion, I would hesitate to steadfastly promote the value of a private school education, if only because it is clear that proper use of words does not seem to be emphasized at whatever school this person attended.

To answer the commenter’s question, which was, “But who wants there children being taught by LIBS!,” the answer would be that I would.  Here is why:  In the public schools I attended, and in the school my daughter attends, we learned that the commenter’s question should have been phrased as such, “But who wants their children being taught by LIBS?”  Those darn liberal teachers I had taught me the difference between “there” and “their,” with one being a place (there), and one being a modifier associated with people (their), and they also taught me to end a statement that is intended to be a question with the proper punctuation, the question mark.

It really is hard to take people seriously when they cannot even seem to use proper grammar in their comments.  I get that sometimes mistakes happen (I have made my fair share in things that I have written), but if you are going to comment on an article about education, and you are going to tout one as being better than the other, the least you could do is proofread before submitting your comment.  It was two freaking sentences, it is not that hard to proofread to make sure that it is correct; it is not like the person was having to read War and Peace to try to find a misplaced comma or period.

As President George W. Bush once said, “As yesterday’s positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.” (source)


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