Sitting on my desk is a paper my son wrote for American Lit (the 11th grade English class he failed last year - he's a senior this year). He got a 97/100 on it. I'm thinking, "GREAT!" And then I read it. It is a funny and creative story, but it's so full of grammatical errors it's not even funny. The teacher put in a couple of missing commas - 2 to be exact - and crossed out one word. However, there were other missing commas, proper nouns not properly capitalized, important words in the title were not capitalized and even a couple of extra commas thrown in where they don't belong - for good measure, I suppose. Stuff he should have known by the 6th grade. It's no wonder kids have to take English again in college. They obviously don't expect them to have to know it in high school. I never would have gotten away with that. What is happening with our schools?