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Arne Duncan, Your Junior High English Teacher Called….

Mr. Duncan, it’s “gave me”, not “gave I”.

I admit it.  I’m not exactly proud of it, but it’s just part of the way I am.

I am a grammar snob.

I blame my schoolteacher mother, several very good and particular English teachers from fourth grade on, and all that reading I did as a child.

Oh, I don’t mean that I’ll drop a friend because they misspeak, or even because they might habitually speak “grammatically incorrectly”.  I also won’t refuse to become friends with someone who uses poor or less-than-perfect grammar.

We all misspeak from time to time.  We all have learned some things incorrectly and find ourselves with a hard habit to break.

But, we aren’t going to be the next Secretary of Education.  Of the NATION!

I was ready to overlook it as a slip, but then I remembered that he was reading from notes.  So, he wrote it down that way?  Or someone else did, and he didn’t catch it?

I’m probably just overly tired tonight, which often makes me picky.  But is it too much to ask, that our big national head of the whole Education system in our country use correct grammar?  Maybe it’s part of all that change Obama campaigned on.

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