Not only do I wonder what brings people to this blog, I also wonder how others find the blogs to which they post comments. This musing comes about from a post I read this morning that I found after clicking on a link that had sent a reader here. I skimmed the postings and hit on one with the same subject (schools) and went off to read a nice essay about a frustrated high school student who is not doing well in school even though she is certainly smart enough to do better. Seeing that no one had posted a comment, I quickly dispatched a brief note about getting through school and going on to other pursuits with perhaps a hobby to showcase her creative side.
Later this afternoon I decided to check back on the blog to see if the young lady had other posts (she did not as this was her first); however, there were many comments made after mine; one from a movie production employee who took my writing to task. Because I had identified myself as a teacher, he threw me under the bus along with all that is wrong with the educational system. To be exact, he wrote, “this teacher’s writing is rife with grammatical errors: poor ellipsis use, terrible comma use, more condescending colloquialisms, run on sentences. I’d hold it up as an example of exactly what is wrong with the system.”
Whoa…after reading that (please note, more ellipsis), perhaps it is a good thing I am planning to leave teaching. I must be severely damaging my students. And here I thought I was helping them with their creative pursuits. I wonder, though, how did this movie maker find the girl’s original post? It seems a far stretch from what I would expect his usual haunts to be. For that matter, I find it hard to believe he would even have time to be out wandering in blogland. I sure don’t have as much time for that as I would like. I don’t even have as much time to write here as I have ideas for posts. So, dear Reader, my apologies for the poorly written posts you have been reading. I cannot promise they will get any better, though, but rather more run on sentences with condescending colloquialisms.