Brie Valasek


Teacher - Secondary School

Lansdowne, PA


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English Grammar in professional publications!

Now that computers seem to be doing all the proof reading -- I come across more and more glaring grammatical errors in publications of heretofore reputable standing.

On the back cover of the Educational Leadership publication - February 2011 - is a full page ad for PD 360.

Appallingly, there are three (3!) glaring grammatical errors --- this is worse than ironic!  Educational Leadership

should be able to get the grammar correct.

The errors are as follows:

1.  "Now he edits lives in Milan, Tennessee."  This makes no sense!  Should it read "lives and edits?"

2.  "...we fully expect to be win the Race to the Top."  Again, this makes no sense!  Should it read "we fully expect to be the winners in the Race to the Top?"

3.  "With the most experts, the broadest range of topics and the most classroom examples."  This is not a complete sentence.  This is a fragment!

I am an English teacher in an inner city high school.  I advise my students to read widely and deeply every day. My goal is that as they read, they absorb the rhythm of good writing, that their eyes and their ears pick up the proper nuances of grammar and syntax, and that this will inform their own writing.  

As the examples above clearly show, without this attention to detail, comprehension is jeopardized.

How can I expect my students to proof read their work effectively when a publication of "Educational Leadership" 

allows such glaring errors?

I would be so happy to receive a responsible reply.


Brie Valasek

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01 Sep 11, 02:51 PM


One thing you should know is that Educational Leadership does not proofread the ads in the journal, nor does the staff approve them or in any way get involved with the copy for those. The advertiser -- in this case -- PD 360 is responsible for the copy. The reason is that there is always a strict differentiation between editorial and advertising. Also, because the advertiser may want to use copy that isn't grammatically correct -- or that it might want to apply its own style -- advertising is treated as separate copy. In this case, I would agree that there are several typos, but you should know that they are in no way related to the editorial staff of the publication. And that would be true for any journal publication where ads appear. 




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