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- Subject: Re: Spelling/grammar/etc.
- From: Donna Halper <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 23:15:51 -0500
>Have BIG problems with grammar/spelling/etc. in formal work such as
Oh you should see some of the cover letters I get from people looking for
work. And these are kids from allegedly "good colleges". Some day, I'll
collect the best mistakes and write a book... somewhere along the line,
colleges decided retention was more important than learning. The issue is
more complicated than that, of course-- athletes are routinely passed, as
many newspaper reporters have told us; but I have even been told to pass
certain foreign students-- the ones who are paying full tuition-- gotta keep
those bodies in the seats, ya know...
Before you blame liberals, ebonics, or whatever, consider this. I tried to
gain acceptance to MIT (not exactly a bastion of poetry and basketweaving)
for their doctoral program. They turned me down, and the letter they sent
telling me I had not been accepted spelled the word "receive" wrong. I
e-mailed to ask for a meeting, and the response had six (!) spelling errors
in it. Gives one a warm feeling about the future of education...