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To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by Loretto on 27 October 2011 8:05pm
 
My son came home from school today with a test that requires a parent's signature. My son read the adult version of the novel but the rest of the class read a simplified children's version.

The teacher wrote the following comment on my son's comprehension test for "Three Cups of Tea,"

"I took into consideration there were two questions that you may not of read about in your version."

I started to write a note to the"English?" teacher about his use of "of" instead of the correct "have."

My son called me a grammar nazi and told me to watch this
http://youtu.be/N4vf8N6GpdM
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by Lounge Trekker on 28 October 2011 12:59am
 
Heh heh, that video is hilarious! Be careful how you correct your son's teacher when your son is present, you don't want to turn him against his teacher or yourself. Perhaps it would be helpful to let him spot the teacher's mistake(s) himself?

My stepdaughter was in an elementary school in a district that was a bit misguided one year. In the interest of avoiding the negatives of correcting a child's spelling, they said they were promoting the phonetic spelling of words. Across the city, if you can imagine!

That philosophy was outed within the year, but it did a lot of damage.
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by TERRY S on 28 October 2011 1:09am
 
How the hell did this person become an English teacher in the first place. Terrible! I would tell them, personally.If they were teaching my son, I'd at least want them to know they were teaching them correctly.
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by suzulu on 28 October 2011 11:19am
 
I always thought that "of...." instead of "have..." was a London expression! In one job I had I had to type from dictation and quite often this is what they dictated. I corrected it. Also what annoyed me was "getting off of a bus", etc.

Surely your son's teacher would realise this doesn't even make sense.
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by Loretto on 28 October 2011 12:58pm
 
The course I am attending right now is Teaching Traditional and Structural Grammar. The professor distributed a newspaper article to the class last night which started with "I could of....." and was all about incorrect grammar usage.

I told them about my son't teacher and the professor bit her fist and said, "An English teacher?"

She told me not to write the note but at the next parent teacher conference to mention it to the teacher.

You know when I speak, it is with a Galway accent, full of colloquialisms and I know full of incorrect grammar. But there is something about writing, it makes the words permanent and I scrutinize each word to make sure it is correct. Sometimes my eyes go dead and I miss a couple of things here and there, but for the most part I am careful.

This "could of" instead of "could've" really p..d me off. It is a very common mistake but is so blaringly wrong.
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by suzulu on 28 October 2011 1:53pm
 
If my English teachers at school were still alive, they would have been shocked and horrified!
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by Loretto on 28 October 2011 7:44pm
 
I agree Sue. I know language is a living thing, living things change. I just hate to think that over use of certain mistakes make them acceptable.
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by Lounge Trekker on 28 October 2011 10:00pm
 
It would be interesting, to me, to hear if other languages are experiencing similar evolutionary pains...if other languages are undergoing changes in their temporal use that have a profound effect on the development of the language.

If English is not your native tongue, perhaps you can add to this discussion.
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by kazzzz on 28 October 2011 10:13pm
 
Loretto, I have seen this sort of thing for years in school reports and letters home. In fact one of my friends is a primary school teacher and her spelling is just dreadful.
*sigh*
 
Re: To correct or not to correct, that is the question. by Loretto on 29 October 2011 2:02am
 
Kazzz xxxx Hello Darlin'

I just worry that someone who "supposedly" knows how to teach English is teaching my son these mistakes too. I suppose when Shakespeare first started writing his plays he was considered an abuser of the English language. Now he's considered a master, so I could "of" been wrong too!
 
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