19 October 2007
Report to parents
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! said the blue paper from the Monroe School First Grade Team. And indeed, there was much to be congratulatory about:
Your child is now a proud owner of an official metropolitan library card! They have checked out a book from the Belle Isle Library (located at Villa and N. W. Expressway). They may keep the book for two weeks. It must be returned to the metropolitan library
by Tuesday, October 30th 2007, or you will be charged a late fee. Do not return this book to Monroe.
Your child has been shown where to find books in the library that are appropriate for their reading level and they are excited about beginning this new adventure. Keep the enthusiasm going by establishing a regular routine of visiting the public library every week or two. (You can count these books on their reading log.)
Remember, your positive attitude and effort toward your child's reading will create an excellent reader!
There is much to cheer about here: getting started on a regular reading habit is clearly a Good Thing for a child, and a little encouragement always helps. But looking at the actual sheet, I see three potential problems:
- As Daffy Duck might have said, "Pronoun trouble." I can appreciate not wanting to get into that whole gender-of-words thing, but until such time as the Surly Grammarians League approves plural pronouns for a singular person, it's wrong.
- It's in Comic Sans, fercrissake. How is anyone supposed to take it seriously?
- And perhaps most grievous: I found it in my flower bed, which means there's a good chance that the parental unit for whom it was intended never saw it at all.
Still, I figure that at least the area first-graders are seeing the inside of a big building full of books, and you know that can't be bad.
Posted at 8:09 AM to Almost Yogurt
I think that's wonderful. Libraries are the holiest places there are, in my opinion.
Though the whole Comic Sans thing is pretty dumb.
"I can appreciate not wanting to get into that whole gender-of-words thing, but until such time as the Surly Grammarians League approves plural pronouns for a singular person, it's wrong."
I'm with you, champ. The same goes for the "he or she / him or her" business, too. The frequency with which gender-neutrality enforcers try to harass me about that sort of thing is legendary...as are the stunned looks they assume when I tell them their English needs remedial treatment, and they should sit down and shut up until they get it, lest they embarrass themselves even further.
You quote Daffy Duck, and then complain that anything written in Comic Sans can't be taken seriously?
Damn right. Mr Duck is a cultural icon, and deservedly so. Besides, when's the last time you saw Comic Sans in an actual comic? Thought so.
"Mister" Duck? Come on, no one ever gained credibility by calling themselves "Mister".
Duck of the World?
International Duck of Mystery?
Or, for that matter, Duck Amuck. (Only Spock has Amok Time.)