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The Cornerstone


I was one of those parents who grumbled that schools just don't teach spelling like they used to . . . until I got a load of our grade school's cornerstone.


An august, older building, our school was built in the 1920's - what I used to think as "the good old days" of quality education.




One day I happened to look at the old, gray cornerstone, when what to my wondering eyes should appear in the brief wording on it but TWO spelling errors - "builder's" for "builders" and "arected" for "erected."


Not only that, but the spelling errors were ETCHED IN STONE!!!


It's funny what a little reality check will do for your perspective. Maybe the good old days weren't so hot after all.


Of course, THESE are the "good old days" of the future . . . so let's all promise to do a better job proofreading for each other, so the moms of tomorrow don't have a chance to get so huffy.


By Susan Darst Williams School Mom 02 2008


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