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EmmalinaC Fri 21-Sep-12 17:52:37

DD1's teacher has written 'You're decoding skills are excellent' in her planner. Would it be very unreasonable of me to highlight this error and add the note 'Your grammar is not'?

Ithinkitsjustme Fri 21-Sep-12 17:55:44

Please don't get me started on grammar and spelling mistakes made my DC's teachers over the years! I know that no=one's perfect but I do expect the spellings in my DD's SPELLING book to be right!

MarianForrester Fri 21-Sep-12 17:56:05

YWNBU to do that. This sort of thing drives me mad. And makes me despair.

But I have not corrected teachers' grammar as I am too scared to do so. <feeble emoticon>

boaty Fri 21-Sep-12 17:56:31

Not U as long as it is with red pen and 'see me ' underneath. wink

WowOoo Fri 21-Sep-12 17:56:45

I wouldn't be that rude about it, but I might point it out.

StateofConfusion Fri 21-Sep-12 17:57:50

I'm not usually down with the grammar police but that would annoy me, and I'd wish I had the nerve to correct it.

MarianForrester Fri 21-Sep-12 17:58:00

Yes, ithinkitsjustme, dd got an instruction to "practice her words carefully" in her spelling book.

GalaxyDefender Fri 21-Sep-12 17:58:06

No. YWNBU at all.

It's bad enough when people who aren't teaching small children get their grammar wrong. A teacher doing it is unacceptable.

I admit to being a bit of a pedant about such things as your/you're, though. My brain literally cannot understand why people get them wrong, so it feels like they're doing it on purpose to annoy me grin

HarrietSchulenberg Fri 21-Sep-12 18:00:16

Every year I have to correct poor grammar in my children's books. But I only have to do it once, it seems to be correct for the rest of the year!

CaliforniaLeaving Fri 21-Sep-12 18:00:20

Your and you're is such a basic one that I might have corrected it. I know I make lots of grammatical errors, but try to get the basics right.

wadadlis Fri 21-Sep-12 18:01:56

Am also a complete pedant about this sort of thing.

But I am also a (secondary school) teacher. And I know that many of my colleagues can't write properly for toffee, however they are amazing teachers who get fantastic results.

Agree about correct spelling in spelling books though,that's ridiculous!

FancyBread Fri 21-Sep-12 18:05:20

How about just drawing a circle around the mistake? Then it is not too snotty.

RinkyDinkyDoo Fri 21-Sep-12 18:05:42

My DS is in an assessment centre, as he has ASD. He has a home school book so we know what he's done each day. He has a new TA who has just started writing in his book- no punctuation at all, which is really winding me up, and today,my son apparently enjoyed eating his "fish cacks." Poor,very poor.

EmmalinaC Fri 21-Sep-12 20:20:47

Thank you! I showed it to DH (who is a magazine editor and unbelievable pedant) and he agreed it should not go unremarked. I have underlined 'you're' (in pink) and written Ahem! in the notes section...

I feel really cheeky! The teacher in question is the deputy head shock I do hope her card will not be marked forever more!

Euphemia Fri 21-Sep-12 20:27:40

My headteacher has the worst grammar ever. She can't write anything without a misplaced apostrophe.

RuleBritannia Fri 21-Sep-12 20:30:50

There are also 'yaw' and 'yore' although I know they would probably not be used when the word should say 'your' or 'you're'. People who get 'your' or 'you're' wrong probably have never heard of 'yaw' and 'yore'.

FredFredGeorge Fri 21-Sep-12 20:31:03

That is not a grammatical error, so YABU to suggest it is (it's either a spelling error or a very odd sentence of who knows what meaning). People when writing quickly write the wrong homonym, it's got nothing to do with their knowledge of what is correct or their attention it's because most humans compose thoughts into words in the spoken form. And only then transform it into the written. The written transformation appears to be a distinct process and often writes the commoner homonym rather than the one they expect. You're is commoner than Your so gets written/typed more often.

YABU even more unreasonable to call the teacher up on it, the meaning was clearly understood, and it's a waste of her time to proofread such an unimportant piece of writing. It's important to teach children when it's important to do something absolutely properly and when it's okay to be looser. Perfectionists aren't generally the most productive.

Euphemia Fri 21-Sep-12 20:36:11

If you're teaching primary children, there is no "looser" when it comes to homophones (not homonyms in this case) - they need clear rules on spelling and meaning.

cupofteaandasliceofcake Fri 21-Sep-12 20:38:26

YANBU, that would annoy me as well. I'm unbelievably pedantic when it comes to spelling and grammar so it would wind me up chronically!
I don't know if I'd have the nerve to pull them up on it though, it would entirely depend on what mood I was in!
Love the fact that you've underlined it in pink and written 'ahem' on it, genius grin
Now you'll have to update the thread with the reaction it gets as I need to know how she reacted! grin

alistron1 Fri 21-Sep-12 20:39:17

I'm only a lowly TA, but when I write in reading records etc I lose any sort of coherence/sense/ability with the written word! I can imagine parents critiquing my comments and I get writers block ;) Soz parents. I'm not illiterate, honest.

EmmalinaC Fri 21-Sep-12 20:44:24

Euphemia grin I couldn't agree more.

larks35 Fri 21-Sep-12 20:46:43

YWBU to do it. Ok, she's messed up, but at least she's passing on info. via the diary. She has to comment in 30+ diaries a week, there are bound to be errors. I've proof-read this short post and edited errors I've made. You can't do that in a book without making a mess.

If this is all you have to complain about your DD's teacher, then please keep your complaints to yourself and put yourself in her shoes for a day.

EmmalinaC Fri 21-Sep-12 20:49:15

His shoes Larks. His shoes. Not all teachers are female. Just saying...

Raspberryandorangesorbet Fri 21-Sep-12 20:55:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

larks35 Fri 21-Sep-12 20:56:40

Oh for god's sake! Do you have any idea of what your DD's teacher has to deal with on a daily basis? Well done on your pink pen. She'll love that and feel really happy about keeping up the home/school communication, don't be surprised if your DD's next comment is the classic "Well done".

Sorry OP, I think you and your DH are being well out of order.

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