Sunday, January 25, 2004


A Go Big Ed reader sent a copy of a full-page ad in the local daily newspaper. It was asking people to submit nominations for the $10,000 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. The award is supposed to go to Omaha Public Schools teachers who are ''talented,'' ''dedicated'' and ''special,'' and have contributed to what the ad claims are ''the best public schools in America.''

In the second to last paragraph, though, is this:

''And don’t worry about grammar and spelling – these letters won’t be graded.''

No need to worry about grammar and spelling, when it comes to deciding what it is that makes a teacher ''talented,'' ''dedicated'' and ''special.'' So even if former students have ATROCIOUS grammar and spelling, their teacher could still be ''talented,'' ''dedicated'' and ''special.'' Because grammar and spelling don't matter.

Whutevrr itt taeks to git that 10$ thouzin, I em all 4 itt.

Send comments and nominations (with correct grammar and spelling, though, please, OK?) to: The Buffett Foundation, 1430 Kiewit Plaza, Omaha, NE 68131.

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