Sunday, 27 May 2018

Retired English Teacher Corrects A White House Letter, Bearing President Trump’s Signature And Sends It Back

A retired secondary school English teacher has corrected a letter she received from US president Donald Trump and sent it back to the White House.

Yvonne Mason, who lives in Atlanta and was a teacher for 17 years, said the letter would have barely passed and corrected its numerous grammatical errors.

This included 11 examples of incorrect capitalization of words such as “president” and “state”. “If it had been written in middle school, I’d give it a C or C-plus. If it had been written in high school, I’d give it a D,” Ms Mason told South Carolina’s Greenville News.

She chose not to attach a grade to the corrected letter, which included Mr Trump’s signature, and posted back to the White House.

Ms Mason argued the note – which was a reply to a note she had written about the Valentine's Day school shooting in Florida which left 17 dead – was “stylistically appalling”. She acknowledged the letter was likely to have been penned by a staff member rather than the president himself. “When you get letters from the highest level of government, you expect them to be at least mechanically correct,” she said. 

The teacher taught English at Hughes Middle School and Mauldin High School in Greenville for almost two decades before retiring last year...

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