2nd graders correct NFL players’ tweets

Second graders at Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo “applied their lessons in proper sentence structure, noun and verb usage, spelling, and punctuation to correct the tweets of professional football players, posting their corrections on the school’s Facebook page. The most common mistake was the incorrect spelling of “a lot.”

The students corrected a tweet by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, who made headlines this week for an anti-gay remark, reports the Daily Caller.  Students fixed the spelling in “I pray to God I’m never dieing broke,” though they didn’t translate it to standard English: “I pray to God that I don’t die broke.”

Second Graders Correct Tweets From NFL Players And It's Magical

Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young also drew the students’ attention by tweeting: “It’s true I could be alot better, But wit the football.”

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker erred in a “Merry Christmas” message by adding: “My God bless you all!”

All three players are college graduates, according to the Daily Caller.

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  1. I was often tempted to correct the school memos and teacher memos/notes and send them back – and my kids attended one of those high-performing schools in the affluent, leafy suburbs. Most of the teachers were solid, but the weak ones really stood out in the crowd.

  2. D's Squirrel Food says:

    Meh. Twitter is a different medium than letters or blogposts or whatnot, and has different standards when it comes to grammatical correctness. I do like that the teacher has found an interesting way of having young kids spot grammatical errors; I do expect this exercise to be more engaging than correcting sentences out of a workbook. I’m not as much a fan of the way this may perpetuate stereotypes of NFL players as meatheads.

    On another note, perhaps there is a way of verifying the educational attainment of NFL players other than relying on The Daily Caller.

  3. I had Wes Welker in class at Texas Tech. . . .

    If the error is “My” vs. “May,” I would argue that “My” isn’t necessarily incorrect, although, obviously, I don’t know his intent. What am I missing?

  4. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
    — John W. Gardner

    (and of course, slovenliness in writing looks bad no matter the medium.)