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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 02:02 am (UTC)
Ugh. Some people should not be allowed to bread.
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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*
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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 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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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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