Thursday, May 1, 2014

A teacher corrects a student’s letter

Fox 2 News in St. Louis, Missouri, recently reported that a student wrote his English teacher a profane, semi-literate letter to say he wasn’t going to do any more work, and the teacher responded by correcting the letter. Here’s the story, the student’s letter, and the teacher’s markup.

The Takeaway: For his own sake, I hope the young letter-writer eventually overcomes his arrogance. During a long career working with hundreds of writers, I have noticed that arrogance is a greater obstacle than ignorance. Humble writers go far.

Thanks to Paul G. Henning for pointing out the story.

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