Maybe universities should start with remedial spelling

UPDATE: Ray warned this morning, make sure this wasn’t photoshopped. We’ll keep an eye on it, but for now, it sure looks real to me.

UPDATE 2: An RVO reader notes I am the king of typos. Indeed. That’s why I was willing to give this one a pass, until I saw the same word misspelled twice. Conscious, or typo, you be the judge.

This is just too much. Maybe it’s all the global warming seminars they attend. Maybe it’s the time spent praising the one. Maybe it’s the “everyone is a winner” philosophy they get in grade school. But surely you would expect college students be able to spell, no?

First, from the Connecticut Post, a press release from UCONN students protesting higher tuition. I thought it might be a typo. But no, they truly believe legislators are legistlators. Yikes. (H/T Capitol Report)



Date: Thursday, March 4th.

Time: 12pm-3, 6-8pm

Place: State Capitol Legistlative Office Building

UConn students will be returning to the state capitol Thursday to continue the pressure on state legistlators to keep higher education a priority. UConn students hope to continue to engage all members of the CT community in finding solutions to our current fiscal crisis. To that end we will also be hosting a combined Faculty/Student meeting to discuss the current issues surrounding our campaign and develop a cohesive plan to mitigate the looming budget cuts. With so many states facing much worse financial situations, we believe it is imperative that we act now to save higher education in CT.

The second is a picture from another college demonstration in Washington states. At least they knew enough to write in the E …but someone forgot to cross out the apostrophe. Too much.

Notice the sign was made by the Socialist Workers. No wonder these damn lefties need the capitalists to support them.

PS: My spell check went crazy. It kept trying to force me to correct the college errors before it would let me post. Ha! I had to override. Toooooooo much.

7 replies
  1. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    Is this another example of the success that public education has become?  Do we need more Federal control and more Great Society programs?  Should we assess their self esteem?

    I worry.


  2. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    Thank God we don't get thrown off of blogs for spelling errors!!!  Seriously, as I mentioned before, at the community college where I worked (or is that "werkd???) over 90% (well over) of incoming students needed remedial English and/or math.  Sad, but true.

  3. homosapiens
    homosapiens says:

    I am working with two high school 11th grade Boy Scouts who are preparing proposals for Eagle Leadership Service Projects. One is public school, the other private college prep. I am disheartened and dismayed that they cannot manage to string a few sentences together into coherent paragraphs,  manage spelling,  basic subject-verb agreement and unnecessary repetition. Muddy thinking. They've been pushed through school by teachers too willing to accept mediocrity. (Sometimes the teachers are incompetent, too, based on the papers they send home.) Sigh. We should be surprised at the signs?

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Welcome to my world!  In my experience, students display poor spelling, grammar and vocabulary on a routine basis.  I mourn the death of the adverb.  But then, with poor "push them through" schools, and a visually oriented society (vs. one that relies on reading), it was inescapable.  Critical thinking?  Not a chance, except in the most exemplary students.


    I am seriously beginning to believe that poor scholarship is a long term goal of liberal/progressive/lefties, as it generates Democrat voters.  All one has to do is look at the schools where teachers and politicians send their own children.   All private.  Never government schools, unless they are exemplary.


    Why, in liberal utopias like Massachusetts and Connecticut, are public schools, particularly in poor urban areas, so horrible?  Not to mention poverty, racism etc.  Do the societal problems that are constantly paraded out by lefties ever get fixed?  You know the answer to that.


    Homeschooling and/or private schools.  'nuff said.

  5. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Jim, at a time when other countries are "cleaning our clocks out" add that with failling public schools in many areas of the country, as well as the need for remedial education for freshmen when they get to college, and add that with professors who can be very much left-leaning there is not an effort to get back to what is basic on the college level.

    BTW, Jim, do not feel bad about being a "typos king", meet this RVO reader and radio show listener and caller who is a "typo queen" as well. You are in good company. :)=^..^=

  6. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    PS: Jim, for the first time this week, via one of the posts based on this blog, over at Free Republic, a few of the FRpers did say something about the spelling.

  7. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    If you look at the bottom of the errant posters, you can see that they were made by


    Behind every anarchist is the commie, prodding them along and feeding them agitprop.  What a shame that these children (and yes, they are clearly children) have been so shortchanged in their educations that they cannot see when they are being played for suckers.

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