My friend just got an email from her son's high school English teacher and it has several grammatical errors. He misused colons. He ended a sentence with a period and then an exclamation mark. He also used the wrong verb tense.
No to mention that email was pretty rude. The teacher obviously felt the parent was accusing him of losing her son's assignments but the email she sent didn't say that at all. So not only can the guy not write, he can't read.
She's torn because nothing he's sent home has had errors like that. She wonders if he doesn't consider email a formal form of writing so he typed it out without rereading or thinking. Obviously many people feel that way about online communication. (Just look at all the posts on CM written in text speak)
Do you think teachers should be formal when emailing parents?
I think it depends on the email. If it is a quick note for something, I think informal is fine. The other day I emailed my sons teacher for some information on something and she sent me a short email with the information she new and said if I had any more questions to let her now. So we eamiled back and forth again just short informal messages, but it was fine and i was happy with how quick she replied.
For something serious I would prefer a formal email.