Recently, I drove by a public elementary school in another part of town, and saw this:
You may think that the "s" missing from "classes" just fell off the board, but if you look closely, you can see that there is only one space between "classe" and "resume", proving that there never was an "s".
What's more, when I saw this sign, school had just started up again several days earlier, which means that for at least three weeks nobody noticed the misspelling.
Then I drove on, and saw the back of the sign:
My guess is that whoever put the letters on the board has a Hispanic background, and therefore thought that the Spanish word "clase" translates as "classe" in English. Esperanto might just finally be catching on!
I only have one question. Where can I sign my poor, disadvantaged, homeschooled kids up for such stellar education?
EDITED TO ADD:
My, my, it is unbelievable how much stir I caused by posting these pictures and pointing out that an elementary school should have noticed such a blatant misspelling sometime within the 3+ weeks they had this up for.
I'd love to respond to some of the comments, but time would fail me. Besides, since those leaving comments have largely been too cowardly to even leave a first name or their initials, it would be very convoluted to respond to "anonymous # x". Maybe my response will turn into a post of its own sometime.
As far as the argument that they ran out of "s" tiles - please, come on. Are you suggesting that they intentionally misspelled a word when hundreds of kids would be looking at it like that every day for weeks? Maybe we should start some new tax for making sure all of our precious schools have all the letter tiles they need. After all, schools in Maricopa county only get over $8000 per year to educate ONE student. Let's see, that's about 2000% of my very generous per capita spending on education, which includes outside science, P.E., music, and language classes.
When I was little, beginning in first grade, the teacher would write announcements to parents on the chalkboard, and we were to painstakingly copy them letter by letter into a little announcement book which was to be given to our parents at home, and they in turn would sign it to show they had read the announcement. There was no such thing as a handout EVER. It helped our penmanship, it kept us busily working, and we saved millions of trees (haha). Liberals should love this approach.
Alternatively, they could have skipped the Spanish announcement on the back of the board and freed up some extra letter tiles. Or they could have written "school resumes" with the available three "s" tiles. Or they could have cut out cardboard tiles in the same size and used a Sharpie to write a big black "S" on it. I think anything would have been better than what they did.
Just to keep all my faithful haters busily stewing until I have time to post more, please enjoy the following picture of a sign posted by a staff member in the shoe department of an undisclosed store somewhere in the Southern United States (my husband took it during a trip this week). I always marvel how many people freely mix upper- and lowercase letters within the same word. I am just making a wild guess, but something tells me this person was NOT homeschooled.
The person who wrote this is most likely a very nice person, and he/she obviously is trying to do a good job and keep things neat. Unfortunately for him/her, whoever was entrusted with educating them (that's teachers AND parents) failed their job. Consequently, it is very hard to understand what they are trying to communicate, and nobody will take them seriously or entrust them with a job that comes with any serious responsibility attached.
Everyone in favor of socialized education can cry about how loving and helpful they are, but wisdom is justified of her children. They failed this person by wasting his/her potential, as they have no doubt failed millions more. Who cares if the teachers were fuzzy and warm and loving, at the end of the day, they consigned this person to a minimum-wage job and a life of poor education, a product ready to be indoctrinated through mass media.
There, go cry about it, and type up more whining comments.