Not so much right now. At least not English.
My kids’ teachers are on strike. So now each school day is a choice between whether to attend and do mindless busy work that won’t count toward their grade, or stay home with endless distractions and parental nagging.
(Well, duh! Of course, the kids want to stay home! For them, it’s a holiday.)
Our local school district here in Southern California is not the only one experiencing a strike. This particular news story involves a different state halfway across the country.
After writing recently about The Happiest Signs on Earth, I must say this is one of the saddest I’ve seen lately. As a Vigilante Grammarian, it’s my duty point out this unfortunate sign of ignorance held aloft by a middle school (!) student at a rally for teachers in Iowa. (Obviously it should say “our” not “are”— just in case you weren’t sure what all the fuss was about.)
Evidently the English teachers are on strike as well. And they’re obviously not volunteering to proofread their supporters’ signs.
(Check out this video clip at the :11 second mark if you want to see the “Save Are Teachers” sign in the context of the original KCCI news report.)
But, hey, on the bright side, maybe with the sudden popularity of homemade protest signs at rallies and such, this could mean more opportunities for copywriters and proofreaders.
Somehow we need to make Spelling Bees popular again. Is it too soon for a remake of “Akeelah and The Bee“?