On NY School's Summer Reading List: 30+ Typos
Students advised to read 'The Great Gypsy,' Emily Bonte
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
Long Island's Hempstead Public Schools would like its students to read something called "The Great Gypsy" over summer break.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Good news, students of Hempstead Public Schools: You won't be wading through F. Scott Fitzgerald's version of that Leo DiCaprio movie this fine summer vacation. Rather, you'll be searching endlessly for a tome called The Great Gypsy—at least according to the district's summer reading list, which Newsday points out contains a whopping 30-plus typos. Similarly, the school is recommending authors Emily Bonte, George Ornell, and David McCulloch in the list, which is for students in pre-K through "twelve grade."

Hempstead itself wasn't immediately commenting, but a rep for New York state's Board of Regents blamed a chaotic administration: "It indicates again that a stable administration is absolutely essential for kids to get the kind of education they need. Hempstead has not had a stable administration for a long time and the kids are suffering."

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Tology
Jul 11, 2013 10:01 AM CDT
Why can't Johnny read? Because the idiots in charge can't spell.
toryd
Jul 11, 2013 1:59 AM CDT
Wow, this really takes the cake. I have seen many examples of misspellings, poor grammar, etc., put out by "educators." But it boggles the mind that whoever made up this list is so dense that he/she clearly has no clue about classic literature. I also know of a principal at a local elementary school so lacking in English-speaking skills that he had to have a translator when meeting with another principal! Who hires these people to teach our kids?
WarmWeatherGuy
Jul 11, 2013 1:13 AM CDT
"It indicates again that a stable administration is absolutely essential for kids to get the kind of education they need..." What they need is an educated administration. Is that a synonym for stable?