Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Wishin' for a better education (and warmer weather!)
My daughter and I were walking down the halls of our local public high school when the above window painting jumped out at me. While I agree with the sentiments expressed above, I wish it weren't a reflection of what I feel may be the caliber of our public school education. I mean, if I were the English teacher in this school, I think it would take all I had to not edit the above written work. While this is, unfortunately, a common grammatical mistake, if I were responsible for the education of the students at this public school, I think a grammar lesson on proper verb usage, with an explanation similar to the one here, would have taken place immediately upon seeing the mistake. It makes me wonder if the mistake wasn't noticed.
I wish it were true that I graduated from my public high school with a solid foundation for college and beyond. However, that wasn't the case. I'm a little bitter that my public school education wasn't sufficient. I wish it were true that I could say that I never make grammatical mistakes. Admittedly, I'm still learning what I should have learned many years ago, and I do make grammatical mistakes on occasion. If I were the one who had written on this window, I'd want it corrected so I could learn the proper usage. I'd expect that in a learning environment.
When I pointed out the window to my daughter as we walked by, she indicated that I was being entirely too critical, as expressed by her eye roll and, "Oh, Mom!" However, she was educated on proper verb usage and immediately knew the reason for my complaint. If that weren't the case, she wouldn't have understood my distress without further explanation. Perhaps it was true that I was being too quick to look for fault in public education. It is entirely possible. However, if I were one to not be concerned, my kids would be walking those very halls with the students who wished it "was" summer.
I do agree, though, on this cold February day, that I wish it were summer.