FOOLS ABOUT SCHOOLS

We’ll continue our ongoing series of typos, wrong words, misspellings, and other goofs with a look at three embarrassing mistakes by media professionals who were covering education issues. There’s a particular sense of unease when mistakes creep into education coverage (or, for that matter, when materials created by schools contain mistakes).

Eagle-eyed typo spotter Steve Gutermuth shared one from the Johnson County Daily Journal. The January 19 headline for an online story on local results of Indiana’s school evaluation system read “After grades drop, school puts pencil to pape.” We’ll assume that will improve its grad.

High School Today, a magazine published for principals and other administrators, probably doesn’t have any ex-English teachers on its staff. After all, a January story carried this headline: “Does any schools in your state participate in water polo?” Does any proofreaders participate in the magazine’s production?

But the recent MyWabashValley.com story about an Indiana school district’s decision to shut down a couple of buildings in the town of Linton topped them all. The headline read: “Linton Reax to NESC Decision.” My own reaxtion was astonishment.

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