What could go wrong as students defend ‘fail factory’ school . . . in writing?

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A school in Manhattan decided to get back at the New York Post for reporting on a program where failing students could get full credit without attending class.

One of the most effective ways of voicing dissent is to launch a letter-writing campaign, and that is just what Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers did.

According to the Post:

Red-faced administrators encouraged a student letter-writing campaign to attack The Post and defend its “blended learning” program. Eighteen kids e-mailed to argue that their alma mater got a bad rap.

Having students advocate on behalf of their school is a no-brainer, right? I mean, what could go wrong?

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Under the foreboding headline, “Read it… and weep,” the Post was only too happy to point out what did go wrong, reporting that “almost every letter was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.”

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Two examples of the student’s writing ability included in the article:

A junior wrote: “What do you get of giving false accusations im one of the students that has blended learning I had a course of English and I passed and and it helped a lot you’re a reported your support to get truth information other than starting rumors . . .”

Another wrote: “To deeply criticize a program that has helped many students especially seniors to graduate I should not see no complaints.”

“I am embarrassed that the school will graduate students who write this poorly,” one Murry Bergtraum teacher told the Post.

The school received an “F” from the Department of Education, with just 51.2 percent of its students graduating and hundreds behind schedule, the Post reported.

All of which harkens back to the old adages about living in a glass house and not picking a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel — Murry Bergtraum may want to put that on the lesson plan.

Tom Tillison

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