Good News - Sad News
by Jim Gerrish

Currently (11/26/2018) proudly displayed on the Web site of the East Orange District
https://www.facebook.com/eastorangesd/photos/a.655591994586912/1563437177135718/?type=3&theater

The embarrassing note from some unnamed person in the East Orange District reads:

"Greetings [sic] Members of the East Orange School District:

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians and the New Jersey Literary Association announced that Nafeesa Naa’llah Campbell, a senior from East Orange Campus High School, has been selected as one of eight 2018 New Jersey Enthusiastic Readers Winners. She has been chosen from many other New Jersey public and private school students and public libraries, who also have a love of reading, as well as sharing and using books and libraries [sic].

A celebration for all NJ Enthusiastic Readers Winners is planned and will take place on December 2, 2018, at The Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ. There she will also meet authors and illustrators who will be in attendance in the Author/Illustrator Alley.

East Orange Campus High School is excited that Nafeesa was selected for this very special and most deserved home [sic]!"

The note should be embarrassing to the East Orange School District because of the grammatical and spelling errors it contains (identified by [sic] in brackets, which stands for the Latin adverb ("thus", "just as"; in full: sic erat scriptum, "thus was it written") inserted after a quoted word or passage indicating that the quoted matter has been written exactly as found in the source text, complete with any grammatical errors or erroneous spelling. See the corrected and proofread version below.

But it is doubly embarrassing that the New Jersey Association of School Librarians and the New Jersey Literary Association are no longer celebrating scholarship, results of reading tests, nor even quantity of books read in a certain time period. Instead they focus on "enthusiasm" as a wishy-washy way of excusing the less than stellar results of reading tests given in New Jersey schools and the less than stellar writing of the teachers educating those pupils and who are teaching reading skills so poorly that most of their pupils have to take remedial reading and writing classes upon entry to any college or university in the United States.

I hope our East Orange Campus High School "winner", Nafeesa Naa’llah Campbell, is not just enthusiastic about reading, but knowledgable and skilled beyond the levels that most East Orange pupils exhibit on actual reading and grammar tests. If so, then she truly deserves an award for that, and for going above and beyond the pathetic academic requirements of the East Orange School District and its Board of Education.

Corrected version:

"Greetings, members of the East Orange School District:

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians and the New Jersey Literary Association announced that Nafeesa Naa’llah Campbell, a senior from East Orange Campus High School, has been selected as one of eight 2018 New Jersey Enthusiastic Readers Winners. She has been chosen from students of many other New Jersey public and private schools and public libraries, who also have a love of reading, as well as an enthusiasm for sharing and using books and libraries.

A celebration for all NJ Enthusiastic Readers Winners is planned and will take place on December 2, 2018, at The Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ. There she will also meet authors and illustrators who will be in attendance in the Author/Illustrator Alley.

East Orange Campus High School is excited that Nafeesa was selected for this very special and most deserved honor*!"

* My best guess was that the writer meant "honor" rather than "home".

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