Summer reading list for Long Island school district littered with errors July 10, 2013 – Posted in: Reading / Literacy – Tags:


This must be what it feels like to hit rock bottom.

The Hempstead, Long Island Public School district recently released its annual summer reading list for its pre-K to “twelve grade,” students and it reads like a testament to incompetence with over 30 mistakes, including misspellings of authors’ names and book titles.

Hempstead Reading List

Some glaring examples include:

The Great Gypsy by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bonte

Animal Farm by George Ornell

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora NealHursten

Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison

It goes on and on.

Roger Tilles, a member of the New York State Department of Education’s Board of Regents, blames the district’s administration saying, “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.”

One can only go up from here.

Here, in its entirety, is the Hempstead Summer Reading List (pdf)

Piece in Newsday: The Great Gypsy, Ornell on Hempstead reading list.

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