Teacher at school sent a message saying "should of". WWYD?

(38 Posts)
QueenThora Sun 26-Jan-14 14:01:14

It's hard for me to be subjective because this teacher (not my own DC teacher) is initiating a new activity for the whole school that seems to be badly organised and is causing a hassle.

So I was already kind of annoyed with them already, but getting a parentmail with a correction to their previous mailing, saying "In my last letter x should of been y" has pushed me over the edge.

I get on well with the school, have a good relationship with them, and am not known for kicking up a fuss. Do I say anything? Although I am a pedant, I'm not a total stickler. I realise mistakes with punctuation etc. can happen and I generally let them go – but "should of" suggests ongoing ignorance, not a slip-up.

QueenThora Sun 26-Jan-14 14:02:46

I have just spotted my obligatory pedant post mistake - always has to happen. Two alreadys. Blush

MuttonCadet Sun 26-Jan-14 14:04:21

I think you should send a message back to the teacher pointing out the error, but don't mention it to anyone else.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 26-Jan-14 14:04:22

It could have been someone other than the teacher who typed up the letter for sending out and accidentally changed the original wording, and it slipped through without being checked.

I wouldn't bother saying anything unless I was trying to embarrass the teacher.

HamletsSister Sun 26-Jan-14 14:04:50

I think she / he should be shot, lose their job and die disgraced and alone. And I am not being sarcastic. I am a total pedant. However, I think you have to focus on what matters to your child. Is this teacher teaching them a English / Writing? Is this the PE teacher? Was the letter addressed to you, in which case, annoying but not damaging.

I would write to the HT and suggest that letters to parents are checked with care as they let the school down by creating the impression that language does NOT matter when they are teaching lessons where, presumably, it does.

I feel your pain.

RightRoyalPainInTheArse Sun 26-Jan-14 14:06:15

What year group? Our circumstances are different but frankly I'm not too worried about these things despite loving good punctuation and grammar myself. DP's teacher is unqualified and doesn't use adjectives and adverbs correctly. He really likes her and is getting on well though and that's good enough for us at 7.

Enb76 Sun 26-Jan-14 14:06:18

Could've, would've, should've.

MomentForLife Sun 26-Jan-14 14:11:22

Well, I know how you feel. I've read several comments in DD's reading record such as 'needs to read non fiction to' and the corker of 'check it makes sence'.

I don't think I'd correct them though, too much of a wimp.

Sunflower49 Sun 26-Jan-14 14:19:51

That would drive me absolutely NUTS!!! I would have to say something!!

knickernicker Sun 26-Jan-14 14:23:03

Momentforlife - that's shocking. I would complain.

VivienStanshall Sun 26-Jan-14 14:24:14

I explained to somebody at length (politely) after repeated "of"s in texts. I think she didn't believe me as she continued texting the same way.

It was harder than you'd think to answer the question why it wasn't "of".

zestypears Sun 26-Jan-14 14:27:06

I agree with Hamlet. Truly.

MomentForLife Sun 26-Jan-14 14:34:34

I know knicker. To be fair I've probably made it sound worse than it is, it has been various students or helpers that have done it, not the actual teachers.

I noticed when I was on fb that a vast majority of people use 'should of' etc.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sun 26-Jan-14 14:41:02

Should of seems to be replacing should have. Dumbing down and it needs stopping.

MotherIsTheBestBet Sun 26-Jan-14 14:41:03

I've given up with this sort of thing. Dd's headmistress used the word "terrible" as an adverb the other day. And it was in the context of a discussion about pupils' spelling and grammar.

QueenThora Sun 26-Jan-14 18:33:01

Thanks everyone! "Should of" is taking over in some contexts, and as my DP helpfully points out hmm it will probably become standard and therefore correct usage eventually. However, I don't see it a lot on MN, where writing standards are really good, and I don't think it's acceptable for a primary school teacher to use it in school communications.

It's not a PE teacher, it's a class teacher (of a different class) who seems to have come up with this pet project that everyone is required to take part in. My DC's year is P4 but it affects the whole school and the mailing went to all parents.

I'm pretty sure even if I don't say something, 200 other parents will (it's that kind of school! - not private but a lot of academic/lawyer/teacher parents). I'm so irritated though!

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 26-Jan-14 18:49:28

Be thankful it wasn't shoulda.
smile

jamtoast12 Sun 26-Jan-14 18:59:56

Really you would all talk the the school about this?! Clearly just a mistake - reactions a bit ott I think!

LibraryBook Sun 26-Jan-14 19:02:19

Change schools.

ToffeeOwnsTheSausage Sun 26-Jan-14 19:08:36

How is it a mistake jamtoast12? It is wrong.

TheReluctantCountess Sun 26-Jan-14 19:12:43

Could it have been a member of admin staff that sent it?

Sthlonmum Sun 26-Jan-14 19:16:24

Tell the school. Any letters going out reflect the whole school and all schools should be teaching children that punctuation, spelling and grammar are important. It infuriates me when we get newsletters home from my DC's school with errors. How difficult is it to proof read them?

joanofarchitrave Sun 26-Jan-14 19:19:00

I don't think I would be able to bring myself to raise it with the school. However, I might find a specious excuse to write to that particular teacher with a lot of 'could have' phraseology.

rockybalboa Sun 26-Jan-14 19:27:11

Our recent school newsletter had a lovely bold heading at the top of the covering letter from the head about the sister school's excellent academic performance in some league table or other. Except it said "preformance". I had to virtually sit on my hands to resist firing off a corrective email. But as I was mid email exchange with the school ranting about something else I just let it go. Preformance can't even be put down to a spell check mishap. I appreciate the head probably didn't type it herself but I would have thought things like that would be checking before sending via Parentmail.

QueenThora Mon 27-Jan-14 10:14:43

That's the thing, I don't think it's just a mistake. I can deal with a typo, anyone can mistype something – it should really be checked but I understand that they're busy.

But "should of" isn't something you accidentally type - you type it because you think that's what the right usage really is - you think the phrase that is generally pronounced "should uv" is written "should of" when it is in fact "should have" - completely different (or as someone said you can write "should've"). That worries me because it suggests that teacher will be teaching their class that.

Also it very much seemed to come directly from the teacher, saying "in my previous email" - though it's possible they gave a handwritten note to office staff who typed it up wrong.

Therefore I will not be storming into the school to complain, but maybe the calm private letter is a possibility.

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