If you want further proof of the intellectual decline of the American Empire, look no further than this flyer we received Friday advertizing a community charity event for the St. Jude's Research Hospital.
Please let me say immediately, however, that this post is not criticizing the advertised event, nor the philanthropic activities of the local chapter of the Tri Delta Sorority. Neither of these things are the issue. The issue is how a flyer for such an important event could have been sent out with errors in everything from the grammar to the formatting. You can see it for yourself just below, though you shouldn't have to read more than the first paragraph.
Perhaps the saddest part is that we can not only assume that the sorority had their finest writer prepare the flyer text, but that the result was considered not only adequate, but quite possibly exceptional. If this is the best one student can do, what does that say about the rest of the university?
More generally, how can we expect our young graduates to become productive members of society if they don't even know how to format a letter properly, let alone how to write one? Leaving aside the myriad of grammatical errors, the writing style is awkward ("The ladies of Delta Delta Delta proudly benefit St. Jude every year with full efforts."), bizarrely pretentious ("The Texas A&M chapter is truly passionate about their philanthropy, and works year round perfecting each event in order to increase their earnings each year."), and just bad ("Texas A&M Tri Delta takes pride in game day for St. Jude."). Could this lack of writing skills be a factor in the difficulties so many of them have in finding jobs after they graduate?
Here at the Kanuk household, we are truly passionate about our son's writing, and "work year round perfecting his skills to increase each of his grades each year." I can't even write that with a straight face.
Actually, we plan to make certain that our son grows up with excellent writing skills. Or that at least he'll know how to use apostrophes and avoid unintentional alliteration. Understanding the difference between an object and a subject in a sentence probably isn't setting the bar too high, either.
Here's the front of the flyer for those interested: