(PIX11) — Don’t know much about … anything!
A Long Island school district gave out a summer reading list to students that was riddled with outrageous errors.
Perhaps the most galling was the Hempstead Union Free School District’s recommendation that students read “The Great Gypsy,” not F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
In the epic embarrassment for an already embattled public-school district, the list for pre-K to through 12th-grade students has more than 30 mistakes that also include botched author names, punctuation errors and even missing words.
The list gets George Orwell’s classic “Animal Farm” right, but manages to botch the author’s name: George Orwell has morphed into George Ornell. Famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass loses an “S” in his last name, and the word “the” in Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” flies the coop.
“It is unfortunate. I just wish someone would have double checked [the list] before they sent it out to parents, so it’s not an embarrassment to the district,” one parent told PIx11 News.
Hempstead’s test scores are below the New York state average in nearly every category, according to Greatschools.org.
“We deeply apologize for any errors contained on our summer reading list,” the school district said in a statement.
The state Board of Regents, quoted by News 12, said the error-ridden list reflects Hempstead’s lack of “a stable administration for a long time and the kids are suffering.”
Click HERE to read the memo and the full list.