If this does not make you shake your head in disgust about the sorry state of affairs in American schools, then not much will. And no, I am not talking here about the recent teacher slayings, as tragic as these events are. They also illustrate the sorry state of affairs in American schools. I am referring to a student talking to CNN about the Danvers, Massachusetts, math teacher murder suspect, her classmate Philip Chism, a popular soccer player:
“A member of Chism’s English class, Ariana Edwards, said Chism had friends, but chose them carefully. “He wasn’t, like, too friendly though,” she said. “He, like, only had certain friends. He wasn’t, like, outgoing to everyone … in classes he would only talk to, like, a select few people. And he was new too, so, like, he didn’t have, like, the, like, amount of friends as everyone else.” (an excerpt from this CNN story).
Did you count the number of times this high school student used the crutch-word “like?” Seven! Seven times in four sentences.
And just think, this Ariana is a member of Chism’s ENGLISH class, not his soccer pal!?
Do you think she should be accused of murdering the English language? Or should her parents and the English teacher be charged with dereliction of duty? 🙂