fecking outrageous. I can forgive (just and pretty grudgingly) misplaced apostrophes in school letters as I know they are written by the secretary not the teachers (although, assuming the head approves them, I frequently conclude that she lacks an eye for detail...)but an incorrect correction by an English teacher .
I'm not sure my indignation would be dilulted by the incorrect ones not being corrected. Well, I'd maybe feel a bit more humble, but just as annoyed with the lack of correcting the wrong ones as with the correcting the correct one.
I would call trhe school and ask to speak to the teacher. Explain about the apostrophes (tell her you are a proofreader or something, unless she knows about the MN army of pedants, in which case just mention that ) without sounding too smug if you can, and restraining the urge to demand her dismassal. I'd ask her to re-mark it then, so that any subsequent drafts are accurate.
none of it. are they saying that the erroneous "corrections" were deliberate? and she's meant to spot them? Or are they blissfully unaware of their mistakes and they're saying that she needs to incorporate the "corrections" - ie she needs to write something incorrect? If the latter then she's got to talk to the teacher. Could she not feign confusion and take her text to the teacher and ask her if she's got a few minutes to explain - "I'm not sure I've fully understood the rules about apostrophe use."
Wouldn't have thought that she will be penalised but a dim view of obvious uncorrected errors will be taken. I think the point is that she should be able to identify the errors and therefore not repeat them again in future essays. This said, it will obviously be difficult for her if even the sodding teacher is not being consistant with a) her mistakes or b) her corrections. How annoying.
Your daughter needs to harness her inner pedant. I would be hopping mad if I was marked down in coursework for not using an apostrophe incorrectly. Draw on that teenage sense of injustice!
I wonder if my old English teacher has retired yet. I could definitely send her round to teach your daughter's teacher a thing or two. Any misused apostrophes would not be corrected - there would be a big red exclamation mark in the margin and we had to go and talk to her if we couldn't work out what was wrong!
Your DD's English teacher shouldn't be correcting drafts - it's against exam board guidance. She should circle mistakes or do as RibenaBerry's teacher did and leave marginal formative feedback and comments at the bottom highlighting areas to improve. This is why with the new GCSEs from next Sept and 2010 coursework is going to be done in controlled conditions. That doesn't resolve this particular apostrophe conumdrum though. IMO your daughter should hand in her final piece with the apostrophes correctly placed and if her teacher marks these as incorrect she needs to speak to her then. Overall it won't change her mark anyway but her teacher needs to revise apostrophes!
That's very difficult. We've had this with incorrectly corrected spelling, but still at primary level.
DS2, who is 7, said he wanted to go on a Pendants' Quest (sic) with me to look out for people not using apostrophes when they should. I put him right about pendants and now enjoy listening to him calling out in the car, "Mammas Pizza have got it wrong but Billy's Bakery's got it right."
Tell your DD to stand her ground. As an English teacher, may I apologise on behalf of my species? I am that such mistakes should be being passed on!
I still remember the anger I felt at A level when I wrote the phrase 'None of them is...' in an essay and my English teacher corrected it to 'None of them are...'! So I can sympathise wholeheartedly with your DD. Tell her not to correct it - and to tell the teacher why, if necessary!
Alternatively, who wants to set up a Pedants Vigilante group? We could have secret identities with masks and costumes and capes and everything. Fighting inconsistent use of the apostrophe wherever it occurs...