Why are my modifiers confusing?
The values and strengths of our school system are designed for students to learn, lead and serve not only through a strong, knowledge building curriculum, but also through participation in a multitude of extracurricular activities and community service.
Misplaced modifying words and clauses cause confusion. The reader can't quite be sure what you mean. I have read your sentence over and over. It is very confusing. Do the students serve through a building curriculum? Do the values participate in extracurricular activities? You switch back and forth from modifying the values and the students. Since I understand the general context, I can figure out what you are trying to say. But because the modifying clauses are misplaced, it took me repeated efforts to figure it out.
Here is a simplified example of a confusing modifier.
She returned the dress to the store that didn't fit.
This means that the store didn't fit. Of course, we wanted to say the dress didn't fit.
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