Embarrassing Typos in School Book List

A Long Island school district published its summer reading list riddled with typos. The Hempstead Union Free School District suggested that students read "The Great Gypsy" among other remixed classics. Written for all grade levels in the district, the list includes 30 errors according to one count.

LI Reading List
District spokesperson Alicia Figueras said, "I would like to announce that disciplinary action has been taken against the personnel who made the unfortunate clerical errors while compiling the list."

Although Figueras described the incident as an isolated event, the errors are part of bigger problems, according to Newsday:

"Hempstead consistently has been one of Long Island's worst-performing school systems. Its 2011-12 graduation rate of 38 percent was the lowest of the Island's 124 public school districts."

Discussion Starters:

  • What action is appropriate for the employee who made the errors? Who else, if anyone, should be held responsible, and how?
  • Read the entire document. How many errors do you find?