Some of you know that Rob is a high school English teacher in an inner city environment. He has such a tough job, even though I tease him about all of his days off. Last night he showed me an "essay" a summer school student wrote in class. The topic was something like, "Should bands/singers/musicians be able to say/sing whatever they want in their music?" This is what was on the paper:
"I think that the poepl sholud talke aboult want they no and to be good ate it and to be more than a role modlen to the little kide and to be real to the poepl."
This is an 11th grader. How do you grade a paper like that? Rob tries to be as encouraging as possible. He'll make a few minor spelling corrections and then compliment their effort or ideas. But he doesn't want to mark up the page and kill the kid's self esteem.
There's something about this situation that needs fixing. The educational system, I guess. The whole thing just makes me feel sad.