If you live in Utah don't expect your kids to learn about certain parts of speech and their place in the scheme of the English language because they might be tempted to think about teh gay.
Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.
This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.
But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.
Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.
As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.
"Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality," Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page.
Actually, Mr. Woodger, your school is now going to be associated with stupidity.
I wish I could shake my head and say "Only in Utah...," but I can think of a few other states where this would not surprise me.
Just wait until they get those new Texas textbooks. Then the fun will really begin.
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