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Book-larnin' Just Isn't What It Used To Be 
29th-Feb-2008 03:19 pm
My mother is a school psychologist for the town of Clinton, CT's public schools. One of her good friends is a third grade teacher for a public school in New Haven, CT. The third graders were given a word list in their Language Arts class that was a list of words that demonstrate the "long E" sound( as in weasel, or piece).

The first word on the list?

5th-Mar-2008 11:07 pm (UTC)

5th-Mar-2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
*giggles way too much*
5th-Mar-2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Wow I hope that was a...really bad typo. Like it was supposed to be "Breed"....please?

Side note: My great aunt and uncle live in Clinton! He used to be on the school board for about a trillion years, and she's involved with the library...know the Calverts at all?
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5th-Mar-2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Regular expressions FTL?
6th-Mar-2008 12:41 am (UTC)
That's basically New Haven for you.
6th-Mar-2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Really? I'll be teaching in New Haven next year...should I actually expect this level of competence?
6th-Mar-2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Ummm. Yes. In all of my experience, yes. I'm sorry. There is a very high level of incompetence here. It is really very disheartening.
7th-Mar-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
not only should you expect it, prepare yourself for the 7th circle of hell & an "you're on your own" type response when you need any type of administrative help.
7th-Mar-2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Well, at least they have really good pizza. I <3 Pepe's. (Boyfriend always takes me there when we are passing through.)
6th-Mar-2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Ugh. Some people should not be allowed to bread.
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6th-Mar-2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Guess they didn't want to leavening it behind. =^_^=
6th-Mar-2008 05:42 am (UTC)
I bet they're just a loafer.
6th-Mar-2008 10:00 am (UTC)
Crumbs! We donut want any more of these puns.
6th-Mar-2008 11:52 am (UTC)
Yes wheat do! You just can't stand his floury prose, right?
6th-Mar-2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah? You want a pita me? Why don't you just baguette?
6th-Mar-2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Book-larnin' Just Isn't What It Used To Be Book-larnin' Just Ain't What It Wuz

I fixed the title for you. :p
6th-Mar-2008 04:33 am (UTC)
*snorting fit*
6th-Mar-2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
We wants for that our kids woulda spoke just a good a' english as we done.

(love your tea icon!)
7th-Mar-2008 08:00 am (UTC)
You spelled "wut" rong.
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6th-Mar-2008 05:35 am (UTC)
I remember being in second grade and having a list of words that ended with -y and were pluralized with -ies. Baby, puppy, kitty... cooky. o.O

I think I had learned by that time to keep my mouth shut and just remember for my own sake that my teachers were not always right.
6th-Mar-2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
That's just kooky. ;)
6th-Mar-2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
i've seen that too! it boggled my mind!

I think I had learned by that time to keep my mouth shut and just remember for my own sake that my teachers were not always right.

like my 2nd grade teacher who told me that "Iraq" wasn't an English word, and so the Q not being followed by a U didn't count as an exception to the rule.
6th-Mar-2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
I think I got the same answer when I asked about place names in northern Canada, like Iqaluit. It made sense, and once I understood that a lot of English words do come from other languages, I realised that a lot of the 'rules' about spelling could be thrown out the window.
6th-Mar-2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Well... in your teacher's defense, I have seen "cooky" written for "cookie". Mind you, it was in an old British book (some 1950's or some such kid's novel), but it was used sometime somewhere. And Merriam-Webster does list it as a spelling variant.
7th-Mar-2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
1984 uses 'cooky'...and Fahrenhit 451, I believe.
8th-Mar-2008 03:23 am (UTC)
I got in trouble in second grade for spelling the single form "cookie" even though that was, except for in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and maybe the Little House books, the only way I'd ever seen it spelled.
6th-Mar-2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
[attempts variety of comedy accents]
Drunken fake Oirish, perhaps...

7th-Mar-2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
I remember when I was in the third or fourth grade, our teacher gave us an assignment to come up with a rhyming dictionary, so to speak. Basically, we just had to put down words that rhymed with each other. Peace and piece, there and their (and they're), that sort of thing. We were having a little trouble coming up with words that began with C and rhymed, until our teacher said, "What about couch?"

We looked at her in honest confusion, trying to think of what other word sounded exactly the same. Then she wrote it on the blackboard to help us.


We put the words down, but grudgingly, because none of us believed her, and nobody managed to convince her that couch and coach don't sound identical. Possibly they do in some places, but not with our accent. She even had the same accent as the rest of us, was local, and even when she said the words they didn't sound alike.

Part of me has to wonder if it was some sort of test, and we all failed for not being able to convince her that the words didn't sound the same. At least, I hope that's what it was. The alternative is that we had a less-than-stellar teacher.

Edited at 2008-03-07 01:14 pm (UTC)
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7th-Mar-2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
I knew there was a word for that that I couldn't remember! *headdesk*

Wow... Illness drains the smarts from my brain, yarr...
16th-Mar-2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm a teacher and sometimes phonetic spelling lists have the sound that the class is focusing on and they have something that is spelled like that sound but is different. I'm not totally sure why, because I don't teach reading (math/science in a middle school) but it's supposed to aid the students in understanding the sound that they are focusing on better.
All of that could be the case unless someone from bureaucracy wrote it. If someone from bureaucracy wrote it, then it's mockable, because they never do anything logical or with a purpose in mind.
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