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?
Formal to me is not the word, though maybe it should be. I know several English teachers and no matter where they communicate they use proper English. I think that that should be the case. If he was rude and can not practice proper English I would bring it up to the principle.