The Problem With Incorrect Spelling

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - April 04, 2007
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I hope that my 10-year-old son doesn’t read this because of what I’m about to say. Sorry, teachers, but I hate homework. Rather, I should say, I hate my son’s homework.

I know that as a responsible parent concerned with our child’s education, I should support any and all efforts on the part of educators to school our son. I can attest that both my wife and I are very involved in all phases of our boy’s education.


He has a wonderful teacher whom we credit for keeping him on the coveted Principal’s List. A lot of his success has to do with my wife’s vigilance over him at the kitchen table, which is the official Nagasawa headquarters for learning.

My role is more along the lines of football “special teams.” I come in for the odd plays or to reinforce game-winning strategy. Like the other week our son was studying for a spelling test and it was my job to quiz him before and on our way to his school.

This particular time, the words were much more difficult, like “parasite,” “vertebrae” and “organisms.” We went over the list of 10 words during breakfast, and in my truck on the way to school I had him do a written test.

Of course by the time he spelled the 10th word, we reached the school, so instead of correcting the paper, I folded it up and stuck it in my pocket, confident that he would do fine. Later that day during my work lunch hour, I ran into a female high school classmate of mine.


We had not seen each other in years and before rushing off, decided to exchange work phone numbers. She asked if I had a piece of scratch paper. I remembered that my son’s spelling test was in my pocket, so I took it out, tore off a section from the bottom and handed it to her.

She looked at the writing on it, handed it back to me laughing and said, “You’re still sick.” I looked at the strip of paper and in my son’s handwriting was the last word, organisms, misspelled.

It read “10 orgasms.”

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