Monday, January 23, 2017

Who is the One to Blame?

As a student, I consider books and any reading material important and necessary. I can't seem to live without them for they have become a part of my student life.

With this standpoint, I would like to raise a concern in behalf of the students in any schools. I hope that this concern would not be taken for granted.

During the opening of classes, I was excited to receive my books and workbooks, which were required in my subjects. I thought that these books can somehow inspire me to read even more.

However, when I tried to read a short story in one of the workbooks, my attraction was distracted by some misspelled words. Also, there were sentences, which have grammatical errors.

Take this few examples. The word “him” is spelled as “heem” and “money” is spelled as “mohney”. The word “little” is spelled “leatle” and “kids” was mistakenly spelled as “keads”. Instead using the word “will”, what was written was “wheel”.

Also, take note of this sentence: “There were only two Americans stopping at the hotel”. How can you imagine that? I am certain enough that everybody of you can discern the grave grammatical suicide of that sentence. For all we know, the simple subject (which is American) does not agree with its verb. Thus, the verb “was” should have been written as “were” because the subject is plural in form.

What else are the lapses of our workbooks? Well, this is a challenge to other University students out there. Check your workbooks for any misspelled words and grammatical errors and mistakes.

Having found out those lapses, I then approached one of my mentors. He said that our school does not have a professional typist or encoder. Even that reason can't justify the grammatical errors in the workbooks. And that reason sounds too shallow.

So it looks like students are the ones who are suffering from whatever inefficiency these authors have committed. I can't blame the typist or encoder because at the end of the day, these authors still have the highest authority to edit the workbooks prior to their publication.

What would the students from other universities say when they will be reading our university workbooks? They might not stop laughing at us. There's also a tendency that we will be ridiculed all day long.

We do our best to pay all our fees in this University. Students are made to buy workbooks every semester, although there are instances that teachers don't really require or mandate us to buy them. However, the thing is that we are paying the exact amount for the workbooks, and still these workbooks are not reliable and accurate.

I am always alarmed by these lapses in our workbooks because students are easily persuaded into believing whatever is written in the workbooks. What if nobody can explain or correct both the spelling and grammatical structure reflected in these workbooks? I can't imagine living a student life full of misinformation and poor knowledge acquisitions.

I'm hoping that this concern will be given due attention. I know our school is open for changes, especially for its development in terms of quality education.

I know that is not too much to ask for, perhaps.