Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Citizen Bloggers

The Times Union's been all over this idea of knighting community members as bloggers. The results have been mixed. The most recent additions are three blogs about Albany schools, one by high school students(they haven't posted since April 2), one by the heads of the PTA(absolutely unreadable), and one by veteran Albany teacher Dave Peterson. Mr. Peterson has been teaching at Albany High School since 1974; his blog deserves a look, not because he has any brilliant insight about what's going on in the troubled schools, but because you MUST see his unbridled use of unnecessary and inappropriate quotation marks.

The dude's been there for thirty-plus years and they spell his name wrong?Whenever Peterson wants to "emphasize" a word or make a "point" he "hauls out" the quotation marks. His writing makes me "wonder" how he ever "got out" of college, much less been "allowed" to teach ---and "Mr. Pete" complains that "kids" can't "write?" What he "needs" is an "editor." Maybe someone from the "English department" needs to run down there and smack his hand every time it "strays" near the quote key. I'm not "Joe Grammar," but I know something that's "messed up" when I see it.