Yes, it’s that bad…
A category of issues we generally follow here is the dismal state of public edjamacation. I recently found a comically sad example of some of the problem on a site I sometimes visit at the end of the day, www.JumboJoke.com. (One caveat: the site’s author frequently posts jokes that could be considered offensive by some, including yours truly. In most cases he tags them as such so the reader is forewarned and may choose to skip said page. Thus, I do not endorse all the examples of humor found there.) Below are portions of a recent post, the title of which tells it all. Read it and weep for the state of our young! (Frighteningly, these are future voters!)
"Social Networks" like Facebook are booming — especially Facebook. There’s only one problem with them: to communicate there, members pretty much have to write. How can that be a problem? After all, all of us learned to write in school, right? Well, no! And here are some real life examples.
Rachel: "I’m board."
Jeff: "I’m chalk, we should get together."
Rachel: "BOARD! Like I don’t have anything to do, not BORD, like a chalkbord. Learn to spellcheck."
Jeff: "Oh god I hope you don’t breed."
Abigale to Darcy: "You shouldn’t be aloud to talk."
Darcy: "You shouldn’t be allowed to spell."
Post: "Never leave facebook open. Sueing _______ for defaming my character."
Reply: "You did not spell ‘suing’ correctly and you’re in law school so I think you just defamed your own character."
Cory: "DONT LET YOUR EMOTIONS OVER POWER YOUR INTELIGENCE’S"
Cory: "ya why ?"
Alexa: "overpower* intelligence*"
Cory: "WUT? CUZ I DIDNT PUT SPACES . are u stupid"
Poster: "when is the point when you no that you cant fail worse?"
Reply: "When you realize you spelled ‘know’ incorrectly."
And here’s why this happens:
Alyssa: "honer roll now with mostly a’s and 1 b hopping for princapals honer roll next time :-)" Lee: "Just curious, does your school give spelling tests?"
Alyssa: "nope y?"
Post: "….thank you Massachusetts for making it impossible for me becoming a teacher. Stupid a** MTELs"
Reply: "’For me becoming a teacher.’ I suspect Massachusetts has its reasons."
Poster: "for anyone to become a teacher. the tests are rediculous."
Reply: "Rediculous? You sure they are not greeniculous?"
Poster: "ha. =) its just a test that is suppose to test you on your reading and writing….but its over stupid topics like chocolate and mexican landmarks."