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Originally written February 01, 2013 on Helmet2Helmet:

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Apparently, some NFLers aren’t smarter than second graders.

This past week, a second-grade class from Elmwood Franklin Elementary in Buffalo, N.Y. sharpened their grammatical knowledge by correcting tweets from three players: 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, Lions receiver Titus Young, and Patriots receiver Wes Welker.

They shared the results on their Facebook page, along with the following description:

Second graders are serious fans of football—and grammar! Elmwood Franklin School’s second grade students applied their lessons in proper sentence structure, noun and verb usage, spelling, and punctuation to correct the tweets of professional football players. The students partnered in groups and together found several mistakes in these tweets, including the incorrect spelling of “a lot.”

Culliver’s original tweet has since been deleted. It has not been a good week for the 24-year-old, who made waves with his anti-gay remarks. Young can’t seem to keep his name out of the headlines, so this is no surprise. Welker … well, we’ll chalk it up to the “holiday spirit.”

It’s common knowledge that a vast majority — OK, pretty much all — professional athletes will never become Pulitzer Prize-winning scribes. Kudos to these kids for furthering that perception in a pretty creative way.

[H/T Deadspin]

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22 Comments:
  • Oh, the terrible two's we have 'too' deal wit; turns into grade 2'ers dealing wit. I remember punching typewriter keys, and have been known to do the same to my keyboard, but now it is not the keyboards fault.
    You can't blame everything on stupidity, or anal octalitis. Keep your heads out of your butt. People are watching. Harp on the bright side.
    WTF-why there's focalpoint
  • Really? How trite. Does this teach 2nd graders significant grammar lessons, or that it's ok to be petty and pick apart those around them? Wow.
    Does this teacher not have a clue that when it comes to tweeting and texting, there are no rules, other than to keep it clean. Tweeting and texting is personal, creative shorthand.
    Its intention, I thought, was to promote expression, eliminating barriers that semantics can create.
    This incident is reminiscent of an attitude from 80 years ago, when, especially minorities were told, "If they couldn't read, they couldn't vote."
    "Grammar police" cannot take away or oppress our right to freedom of expression.
    I believe this teacher was mistaken. She put a grammar lesson above the ethical lesson of refraining from unnecessary criticism of others. If she had created sentences for the kids to improve upon, that would've been ok.
    We never have to put down others to raise up ourselves.

    Update: February 02, 2013
    (no update)
  • I'm not raising myself or anyone else up in putting you down. Only an inbred imbecile like yourself could look at a situation of 2nd graders correcting the stupidity of professional athletes and compare it to the disenfranchisement of minorities. (Seriously?!) This was an incredible idea by a teacher to make a lesson relevant, and I as a teacher plan to use your reply in my debate class on the idiocy of ignorance of a topic and misuse of an unrelated analogy. Leaving you unattended at a computer will likely yield positive benefits that rival those of leaving ice cream unattended on a sidewalk on a hot southern California summer evening.
  • I try to learn from the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg and Ike Lasater. These two men spearhead the Non-Violent Communication Organization and have excellent publications.
    Their model challenges us to communicate without judgment, hostility, sarcasm, comparisons, etc.
    It's amazing; it supports development of autonomy and the practice of ethics.
    By the way, I appreciate the long suffering of teachers and I couldn't do it.
    Please do use both of my responses in your debate class. I believe we are coming from different perspectives.
    I expect then, you will have the courage to share, verbatim, your response(s) to me. That is sure to elicit some lively class discussion.
    I would've preferred to see the teacher remove the names of the tweets' authors. There's no need to teach at the expense of others.
    Tweets and texts are spontaneous, real-time communications from imperfect beings. Do we want these connections with others; or, for lack of tolerance, do we sacrifice them?
    Comparing tweets to formal English, is like comparing apples to oranges.
    In the pursuit of effective communication, we benefit from embracing all forms: written, spoken, unspoken, formal and informal.
  • bjones998877
    You sound like a complete idiot, how did you come to the conclusion the poster was inbred? I think you should use your reply in your debate class. Are you angry that you still live in your parents basement at forty? And please tell us how attended or unattended has any thing to do with the results of leaving ice cream on the sidewalk?
  • thx for posting, Go Team Empathy!! :)
  • Somebody has to carry on the proper use of the english language!
    Good job Kids!
  • As an educator, I feel the actions of the teacher are petty, unethical, and degrading. While on social networks, most people use short-hand or social informal language. The lesson was a great idea, but the names/faces should have been cut off their Twitter pages because they are not using formal language. It was great that the teacher wanted to challenge the students, as well as engage them in social media vernacular, but this was no cooperative learning activity; instead, it was a terrible way to belittle someone else.
  • I applaud this teacher. As a middle school English teacher, I know how hard it is to make grammar lessons relevant and engaging. If this lesson grabbed their attention for a few minutes, that is fantastic. People that bad mouth educators for trying different things to interest students in learning need to spend some time in the classroom. Walk a few miles in my shoes before you tell me how to do it better. If you have been, or are, a teacher, please let me know how you are able to teach students grammar without them complaining! Using different things is good teaching. Check out what Dr. Temple Grandin has to say about education at http://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds.html
  • teachermom, you might want to make that "People who..." rather than "People that..." People are people, not things. Additionally, you use the verb complaining as the object of the preposition without, making it a gerund. Gerunds take possessive pronouns, therefore your sentence should read "...without their complaining." I applaud your agreement that it's ok to correct others by name (or screen name) publicly.
  • Anything that keeps the kids interested in learning is A O.K.
  • This is a great way to keep the children motivated while learning grammar. *Bravo* I hope they keep up the Good Work :o)
  • Brilliant idea!! I see nothing creative or spontaneous about bad grammar, spelling, or punctuation. I'm not sure who decided it was part of the "electronic culture" to blow-off all standards of decent writing. I hope these overpaid goons learn from the children and clean-up their speaking and writing skills. Ignorance is not funny--or cool-- it is just ignorant and is an indicator of a sloppy, undisciplined mind. How about encouraging true creativity by mastering the language skills--including vocabulary and even enhancing those skills--rather than giving in to the popular slop-talk that has saturated the culture. Great job, students and Teacher!!
  • which would be fine but the correct sentence of one of them should be "I pray to God I never die broke". Also has this teacher ever heard of missing keys? My I-phone even when I'm speaking into it can come up w/some doozies.
    Let's face it this wasn't for a lesson for the kids it was so the teacher could get on national news.
  • Isn't it sad that we worship the sports to the degree we do and most of the players could do nothing else because we, as a nation, didn't bother to value their education first. Back in my youth (many, many moons ago) if a player didn't honestly keep his/her grades to a certain level, they were prohibited from playing. It's now totally reversed, just like the rest of our values.
  • I agree. Teaching grammar at the expense of ethics is unwise. With effort, both lessons can be taught.
  • I find it hard to believe those were grammatically the worst tweets they could find. I'm the only one online who can spell, those are the best spelled tweets I've seen. "dieing" is an obvious error as is alot which is common but "wit" is slang and he said "it's" it's not common someone gets that right like "your" and "you're" also "my" "may" was either a typo or he meant my. Little bastards need a timeout.
  • "Word". :)
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