I am suffering from a fit of consternation.
I am a teacher. I have a reputation to uphold. As do my fellow educators. Not because we want to. Because we have to. The public demands it. We perch on pedestals. Tall, wavering pedestals, in the style of those poles performers use to spin plates. Tall, bendy poles, where we sway to and fro, spinning, spinning, until one of us drops.
A few days ago, I received my quarterly professional educator organization's magazine in the mail. I browsed through it. Read the articles by or about people I know. Set it aside. This morning, I picked it up again. I was startled by an article with the title: Polices Protect Low-Income Students.
Hm...that's a lot of police protection. Polices. I read it again. Oh. Maybe the article is about policies. Policies! With an extra "i". That's got to be it.
Far be it from me to criticize a statewide magazine. I am not a shining example of perfection. When I go back and read my old blog posts, I notice several glaring typos or grammatical errors per post. But I am not a statewide magazine. Should somebody not have caught this error before the magazine went to press? Is that even what it's called? I know nothing about publishing a magazine.
Surely there are several people involved in proofreading the issue. We would not want our profession to become a laughingstock. "Ha, ha! Teachers can't even spell right! Look at their magazine!" What happens in a situation such as this? Do heads roll? Are letters placed in files? Official reprimands doled out? Double-secret probation? Will the magazine print a correction in the next issue? Or let this sleeping dog lie, hoping that only educators read such a magazine? Educators who will close ranks and protect their own.
I am curious. How could this happen, and what happens now?