100 lb. Club - OT: Any Proof-Readers Out There?




View Full Version : OT: Any Proof-Readers Out There?


missaprylj
02-02-2005, 11:46 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm writing an editorial to send to the local paper regarding this *huge* controversy over the math program. I want it to look/sound pretty close to perfect before a few thousand people read it. (And I am well aware that it is far from that at this point!) Please suggest any changes you think would be in line or PM me with the changes. Thank you. :)




Recently, the "Core Math" controversy has escalated to new heights in the Ashland School District. Many parents, students, teachers, and some school board members have been very outspoken in their distaste for the program. While I agree that there are crucial problems with the curriculum, I would like to make two very important points that often go unconsidered.
The community-wide stance against the program is not only affecting math classes, but the attitude of the students in the classes as well. When a student hears nothing but criticism for a class that he is taking, it gives him an excuse to not work up to his full potential. Many students are beginning to feel as though their time is being wasted on a program that their parents (who often are not completely informed about the curriculum before forming opinions) are campaigning to eliminate. I have seen many students give up on an assignment before they start, or waste class time protesting tasks with the mentality "I don't get this! Core Math isn't teaching us anything!" Often times it is likely that in any math program, the concept being discussed is hard to grasp. Perhaps if community members took more time to evaluate the program before jumping on a bandwagon, students would feel as if their time is being valued.
Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, I think it is high time that we as a community (students and parents alike) start respecting the teachers in the math department who dedicate themselves each day to helping students. While attending Ashland High School, my experience has been that the teachers are knowledgeable professionals regardless of their personal standpoints on the curriculum. They tirelessly teach students even when the students are not willing to learn.
Please do not blame teachers for the negative aspects of the Core Plus program; I can assure you that they are doing their jobs.


Jen
02-03-2005, 09:03 AM
I think this is a very good letter! There are only 2 things that I think you could consider changing. Firstly it is not clear in the letter that you are a student now, it sounds like you may be a graduate as you phrase your attendence in the past tense. Secondly you state in the opening that you are going to make 2 points. I can see where you are making your 2 separate points but you might want to more clearly define them by using 'firstly' and 'secondly' as I have done here.

jillybean720
02-03-2005, 12:55 PM
I actually happen to currently work full time as an editor/proofreader in a group of technical writers. That's right, I get to sit at a computer scouring 100-odd page documents in search of missing commas, fragments, run-ons, inconsistent formatting, and all other kinds of fun stuff (does wonders for my diet to sit at a desk for 40+ hours a week!).

When I read the letter, I thought you were one of the teachers! It is much more effective knowing that it is coming from a student. Make sure that point is very obvious. Here are the very few suggestions I have (since it was very well-written to begin with):

(my edits are in blue)

Recently, the "Core Math" controversy has escalated to new heights in the Ashland School District. Many parents, students, teachers, and some school board members have been very outspoken in their distaste for the program. As a student currently enrolled in the program, I agree that there are crucial problems with the curriculum, but I would like to make two very important points that often go unconsidered.
First of all, the community-wide stance against the program is not only affecting math classes, but also the attitudes of students in the classes. When a student hears nothing but criticism for a class that he is taking, it gives him an excuse to not work up to his full potential. Many students are beginning to feel as though their time is being wasted on a program that their parents (who often are not completely informed about the curriculum before forming opinions) are campaigning to eliminate. I have seen many students give up on an assignment before they start or waste class time protesting tasks with the mentality, "I don't get this! Core Math isn't teaching us anything!" Often times it is likely that, in any math program, the concept being discussed is hard to grasp. Perhaps if community members took more time to evaluate the program before jumping on a bandwagon, students would feel as if their time is being valued.
Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, I think it is high time that we, as a community (students and parents alike), start respecting the teachers in the math department who dedicate themselves each day to helping students. While attending Ashland High School, my experience has been that the teachers are knowledgeable professionals regardless of their personal standpoints on the curriculum. They tirelessly teach students even when the students are not willing to learn.
Please do not blame teachers for the negative aspects of the Core Plus program; I can assure you that they are doing their jobs.


Sandi
02-03-2005, 01:25 PM
Ask and you shall receive!! Great job Jillybean.

Apryl - sounds great!

barbygirl43
02-03-2005, 03:06 PM
I agree. It sounds wonderful.

missaprylj
02-03-2005, 05:27 PM
Thank you SO MUCH Jillybean & Jen! (And everyone else!) :) I'm going to mail it to the press tomorrow. Buckle down for the backlash, people! :dizzy:

Jillegal
02-04-2005, 01:38 AM
Great article Apryl. Make sure you post a link once its published!

artist
02-04-2005, 03:20 AM
That's a great article, Apryl. Let us know what kind of response you get!