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To whom it may concern:

I am writing to you today as a concerned member of the community. For years the school has been using the typeface Comic Sans MS (more commonly known as just Comic Sans) for printed parent notices, report card envelopes, etc. It is completely unacceptable for a professional organization, especially a school, to be using such a typeface in ANY situation; informal or not.

Comic Sans was based on fonts used in early 90s comic books, and was never designed to be used for print. The look of Comic Sans itself is profoundly unprofessional and difficult to read. Using the typefaces portrays the school as an unprofessional educational institution, as well as making it look as if you do not take these notices and letters seriously. This is also teaching children that the use of this typeface is acceptable when writing formal notices and/or letters, which it is not. However, the administrative staff at the school continue to use it.

One could argue that there has been a LIMITED amount of research done, which suggests that the Comic Sans typeface's difficult to read design actually helps children read and comprehend information. The majority of documents that the school is printing in Comic Sans are intended for parents, not the children themselves.

I strongly feel that this issue can be corrected quickly and with minimal effort. I would also suggest some standard, more professional looking typefaces. Some examples are Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or even Helvetica.

This is a publicly funded educational institution, not a lemonade stand on the side of a street.

I would appreciate it if a member of the administration could get back to me regarding this issue at their earliest convenience.


Mike Kroon