NEW YORK Offering a grammar lesson guaranteed
to make any English teacher cringe, President George W. Bush
told a group of New York school kids on Wednesday: "Childrens
Bush made his latest grammatical slip-up at a made-for-TV
event where he urged Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left
Behind Act, the centrepiece of his education policy, as he
touted a new national report card on improved test scores.
The event drew New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Education
Secretary Margaret Spellings plus teachers and about 20 fourth
and fifth graders from P.S. 76.
During his first presidential campaign, Bush -- who
promised to be the "education president" -- once asked: "Is our
On Wednesday, Bush seemed to answer his own question with
the same kind of grammatical twist.
"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do
learn when standards are high and results are measured," he
The White House opted to clean up Bush's diction in the
Bush is no stranger to verbal gaffes. He often acknowledges
he was no more than an average student in school and jokes
about his habit of mangling the English language.
Just a day earlier, the White House inadvertently showed
how it tries to prevent Bush from making even more slips of the
tongue than he already does.
As Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, a
marked-up draft of his speech briefly popped up on the U.N. Web
site, complete with a phonetic pronunciation guide to get him
past troublesome names of countries and world leaders.