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2nd-graders practice their grammar by editing NFL players’ Tweets [3 pictures]

Feb 4, 2013 By Abraham

Elementary students at Elmwood Franklin School in New York recently put their education to practical use

(via Deadspin)


    1. Paul says:

      That’s great! Additionally, their teacher is getting paid what? $45 thousand? Yet the footballer players are paid what? $1 million? Golly!

      1. Marc says:

        That’s great! Additionally, their teacher is getting paid what? Forty-five thousand? Yet the football players are paid what? One million? Golly!

          1. Heather says:

            Yes, because that is SO much more important than educating our future generations…. /eye roll

  1. PhilA says:

    it proves that you don’t have to be intelligent to be good at sports, that part of society only promotes the “jocks” in school to be people’s heroes, and propagates the stereotype of “don’t be smart, be athletic” to get rich…

      1. Kat says:

        There are accidental spelling errors, and then there are the errors made by people who spent more time on learning how to jump on other people than on learning how to spell.

        1. Marci says:

          “Jump on people”…. I guess you don’t ever watch sports or else you’d know there’s a lot more skill, and strategy, that goes into the game.

          1. Damaia says:

            It’s still nothing but a bunch of steroid pumping jocks pummeling the crap out of each other and getting famous for it. When’s the last time a teacher got any attention for doing a great job with their students? Never mind the fact teachers get paid next to nothing for everything they do.

  2. Joey E says:

    Let’s not go crazy. These guys are not being paid to educate children.

    Let’s just celebrate this for what it is — the teacher is using a great technique to engage her students and help them learn.

  3. boner says:

    first one still looks gramatically incorrect and second one although i imagine wasnt intended to be that way by the football player was not grammatically incorrect… kind of funny fail…

  4. Ribva says:

    Let’s be honest, most people are not that great at spelling and grammar, so I feel it’s a bit mean to single people out or mock them for being ignorant. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel less of a person because of a deficit of knowledge (for whatever reason their literacy suffered – I have people in my family who are illiterate due to there being a lack of resources at the time they were kids, during the wars and such – being illiterate does not make someone stupid and it’s most often not their fault at all). But we can all learn how to spell better and how to write in a legible way if we apply ourselves. I think this is an interesting way of encouraging these kids that it’s important to write well because it DOES matter. In most fields you’re definitely held back if you give the impression you can’t speak or write formally, celebrities who are paid well but poorly literate are really an exception to a rule. It would be sending disadvantaged children a dangerous message along the lines of ‘it’s ok if you can’t spell, you can be a celebrity because look, they also can’t write decently!’ because celebrities are exceptional cases. If these children really want to get ahead, it’s just as important for them to focus on the essentials like basic literacy and numeracy as it is to dream of being the next Beyonce (who, by the by seems perfectly literate, I’m just using her as an example of a popular singer, not a poorly literate one).

    However, I disagree with the mentality that ‘these are famous [insert job here] so they don’t need to know how to write properly. They are in the media, get paid £££ along with the fame that comes with it, so yeah they do have an element of being a role model. As do all adults, really – who else should our children look up to if not us all?

    TL;DR: illiteracy is a huge problem that affects disadvantaged kids, who shouldn’t grow up thinking knowing how to write is irrelevant because some celebrities are barely literate.

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