A prior student of mine is applying for a prestigious certificate in her field. She is asked to list relevant accomplishments. I was asked by the student to sign a this verification form since I am in a position to do just that: verify the accomplishments. Upon reading the accomplishments, I noticed a misspelled word. It's one of those words that is commonly misspelled, and I suspect this will limit her chances of being accepted.
Should I mention this to the student prior to signing my name? I am torn between wanting this student to succeed and having the student be self-reliant.
Additional info about this student: This student is only a "student" in that he was in a professional development course that I had a hand in teaching. He is actually a practicing K-12 teacher.
There was some discussion about the nature of the misspelling. The two words confused were colleague and college.
I suppose the term self-reliant was a poor choice by me in my original question. My question is more accurately stated as Should I point out the typos when the student was not directly asking for such feedback. It is not my intention to teach the student a lesson, as my question came across.