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Professor says kids no longer need to learn spelling and grammar because of smartphones
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Posted on 08/04/2013 11:13:50 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Professor says kids no longer need to learn spelling and grammar because of smartphones

The Daily Caller 4 hours ago Education

Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way.

Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar.

Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make the necessary corrections.

Spelling and grammar are “a bit unnecessary because they are skills that were very essential maybe 100 years ago but they are not right now,” Mitra said. “Firstly, my phone corrects my spelling so I don’t really need to think about it and, secondly, because I often skip grammar and write in a cryptic way.”

The professor made the anti-spelling proclamation at a time when the British government is rolling out a host of educational standards including one that will require students to take a spelling test involving 200 complex words near the end of grade school.

Another exam for 11-year-olds that tests spelling, grammar and punctuation was launched this year.

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1 posted on 08/04/2013 11:13:50 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Voluntary Human InStupidment


2 posted on 08/04/2013 11:14:11 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Ignorant kids using their phones for brains.


3 posted on 08/04/2013 11:15:37 AM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Sub-Driver

Auto-correct hell.


4 posted on 08/04/2013 11:17:49 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Sub-Driver

Somehow I don’t think that the kids who post here had “learned” spelling and writing of your/you’re, its/it’s, pedal/peddle, there/they’re/their and so many others from their smartyphones!


5 posted on 08/04/2013 11:18:37 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well then let me help.

This person is a dumb ass!


6 posted on 08/04/2013 11:18:56 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Oh oh, it's time to put up the "surprise lady"....

A Professor?? WHAT A SURPRISE!


7 posted on 08/04/2013 11:19:07 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Sub-Driver

Cell phones and calculators should be banned from schools...but that would be racism and inequality.


8 posted on 08/04/2013 11:19:45 AM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Soooo what about the people who program the phones?


9 posted on 08/04/2013 11:19:48 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: Sub-Driver

what a complete idiot, learning spelling and grammar are the foundation of learning how to think. he needs to be fired so he can go play in the sandbox


10 posted on 08/04/2013 11:21:45 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ebonics? Wha’s dah bitches and hoes?


11 posted on 08/04/2013 11:21:57 AM PDT by donaldo
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To: Sub-Driver
My nephew's a huge fan of those “auto correct nightmares” websites.One day he was reading some to me and one of them was about the funniest thing I ever heard.In a tweet to a girl that he was falling for some guy tried to tell her how much she meant to him.He meant to say “you're the first girl who's ever made me think of the future”.With auto correct it came out “you're the first girl who's ever made me think of the Fuhrer”.
12 posted on 08/04/2013 11:24:18 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: Revolting cat!

See that all the time in electronic editions of books, emails, etc... Can’t help who it offends, but people look illiterate when a word is not used or spelled properly. This is ignorance personified. More “dumbing down” of the educational system and further proof that future generations will be even less-equipped to compete in the work force than current ones.


13 posted on 08/04/2013 11:24:28 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: Sub-Driver

100’s of million Asian kids memorize dozens of characters/ week. For years.

This mental exercise HAS to do something positive to their brains.


14 posted on 08/04/2013 11:25:23 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sub-Driver

Based on the resumes we received lately, we plan to hire someone who can decipher and read text just to find out what these applicants are really saying.


15 posted on 08/04/2013 11:25:41 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Sub-Driver

16 posted on 08/04/2013 11:27:03 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Sub-Driver

Counterintuitive.


17 posted on 08/04/2013 11:27:16 AM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: yldstrk

Exactly!

What good is being smart if you can’t express yourself so others can understand you?


18 posted on 08/04/2013 11:27:32 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: JLLH

I don’t care who I’ll offend either in repeating what one teacher told me once, and that is that people who don’t know how to spell most likely don’t read, or don’t know how to reach, because one learns spelling not from writing but from, d’uh, reading!


19 posted on 08/04/2013 11:27:49 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Here's a recent message, sent via a smartphone by the late Trayvon Martin:

"da police caught me outta skool."

Such a tragedy...he would have been the next Shakespeare, I tell you!

20 posted on 08/04/2013 11:28:15 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Revolting cat!

reach=read (Yeah, I didn’t read what I wrote!)


21 posted on 08/04/2013 11:28:40 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

That could be series, I’ll check my beeber..........


22 posted on 08/04/2013 11:29:18 AM PDT by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: max americana

Guess I’d fail. Supposedly I’m a part of this generation, however a late comer, and I don’t know any of this shorthand garbage.


23 posted on 08/04/2013 11:29:47 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: Gay State Conservative
With auto correct it came out “you're the first girl who's ever made me think of the Fuhrer”.

Depending on what she looks, like...credit where it's due, perhaps?

24 posted on 08/04/2013 11:30:32 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Sub-Driver
I agree with the Professor.

For that matter, kids don’t “need” to learn anything. Now we can close all public schools and save billions of tax payer dollars. They don’t learn anything useful there anyways.

25 posted on 08/04/2013 11:31:06 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Sub-Driver

26 posted on 08/04/2013 11:31:22 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Sub-Driver

SMART phones DUMB kids


27 posted on 08/04/2013 11:31:38 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Sub-Driver

“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” ‘Symes’ George Orwell
“It was a pleasure to burn.” Ray Bradbury


28 posted on 08/04/2013 11:31:47 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Sub-Driver
So are the SATs and ACTs going to be dumbed down as well? Whatever the changes, one still needs to know how to do math and understand correct grammar. Unless, of course one expects to work at a fast food job for their entire life. This professor is an idiot.
29 posted on 08/04/2013 11:31:54 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Sub-Driver

Dummy Professor on Parade.


30 posted on 08/04/2013 11:32:15 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Sub-Driver
A professor said this? What does this "professor" teach, Womyn's Studies, or some such nonsense?

I remember 1960's The Time Machine with Rod Taylor. When he went way into the future, the people there couldn't read the books they had - which were splintering and falling to dust from age and neglect - and they were as dumb as rocks and very compliant, something the feral government would love to see happen.

Is this where we are headed? My wife and I make our kids read as much as we can, and they are good readers (my daughter even writes short stories, scripts, etc.), But what about their kids? Will there be anything left for them to read besides today's Kindle, which will probably be politically correctly re-written every chance the libs get.

31 posted on 08/04/2013 11:32:42 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Sub-Driver

I was a real crackah when I visited Europe and had a fairly smart phone there to communicate with my acquaintances there using SMS, that we call here using the ugly neologism ‘texting’ (sorry, I prefer acronyms over ugly!), and I s l o w l y typed full sentences doing it, none of the shorthand lingo.


32 posted on 08/04/2013 11:33:49 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: yldstrk
the foundation of learning how to think

I think you just hit the nail squarely on the head!

33 posted on 08/04/2013 11:33:52 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rats vs. GOPe = Same train, different speed.)
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Do dat fone be reedin' cursive?

34 posted on 08/04/2013 11:33:52 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Let’s be honest. They no longer have to learn spelling and grammar for the same reasons they no longer have to learn or understand math. It’s too hard for the teachers to teach, most of whom don’t know anything, either. Teachers are owned by their plantationist unions who couldn’t care less about kids anywhere, or anything other than their own enrichment. And the democrat loving unions controlling the schools have only one education agenda: to turn out illiterates who know only how to vote for democrats.


35 posted on 08/04/2013 11:35:12 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Sub-Driver

As someone who struggles mightily with spelling and grammar. I think this is BS. A lot of times when i write online people don’t take my viewpoint seriously because my spelling and grammar are horrid. I want to improve it, NOT make excuses for it, that i can type like an idiot, because i have a cell phone.


36 posted on 08/04/2013 11:35:27 AM PDT by freshlook
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To: Menehune56

But it has electrolytes!


37 posted on 08/04/2013 11:35:31 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Sub-Driver

Using this moron’s logic, why should we spend billions and billions of dollars “educating” the “churldren”. Just buy each newborn a “smart” phone and be done with it. Throw in a quick 10 minute session on putting condoms on cucumbers and the coming extinction of the polar bears and call that good. That’s their “education”. They’ll be fine until an EMP event occurs.


38 posted on 08/04/2013 11:35:39 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare is just commie DemocRAT code for genocide.)
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To: Revolting cat!
people who don’t know how to spell most likely don’t read, or don’t know how to reach

I don't know about the "reaching" part, but I see proof of what you say all the time.

People will write "should of" and "would of" without realizing how ignorant it makes them look. That's not a typo, that's just ignorance.

And they hear it all the time on the idiot box, but if you don't read it, you apparently don't realize they are saying "should've" and "would've".

39 posted on 08/04/2013 11:36:16 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Sub-Driver
I'm so screwed.

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40 posted on 08/04/2013 11:37:40 AM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Sub-Driver
I'll make it easy for them. What the headline SHOULD have read is:

"Professor says kids no longer need to learn spelling and grammar because of smartphones"

41 posted on 08/04/2013 11:37:44 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Sub-Driver

Another sci-fi movie becoming reality. I’ve seen sci-fi movies set in the future where nobody knows how to read or write or do even the simplest math because computers do it for them.


42 posted on 08/04/2013 11:38:57 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Revolting cat!

Deer Professir: your defiantly a liberal if you think theirs know place for speling and grammer. Their are to many words that sound a like butt are spelt diferently.


43 posted on 08/04/2013 11:39:33 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (FReepers! Support business that support conservatism. PM me to learn of a good one.)
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To: freshlook
i write online people don’t take my viewpoint seriously because my spelling and grammar are horrid.

Your spelling and grammar were just fine in that post (although it's proper to capitalize the pronoun "I"), so I can pay attention.

It's hard to wade thru the crap that some folks post. I've always said that if you don't care enough to write it correctly, then why should I care enough to read it?

44 posted on 08/04/2013 11:40:42 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: umgud

What are you doing with my phone? Did I leave it somewhere?


45 posted on 08/04/2013 11:41:21 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Sub-Driver

Newspeak:

Vastly streamlining and truncating language and other means of expression is a government ploy implemented throughout the educational system and the media in order to stifle independent thought, and thus control the masses.

I refuse to accept or send text messages. Anybody who wishes to discuss something with me can CALL me.

Or, if that is too difficult, they can write a letter, with a pen, on paper, in cursive.

The post office still delivers.


46 posted on 08/04/2013 11:42:36 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Oh yes, and tuition will go up so that dumba$$e$ like this can continue to dummify our kids.

And to the NSA trolls, FU.


47 posted on 08/04/2013 11:43:25 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ve wondered about diagramming sentences. I haven’t diagrammed one since fourth grade (1964 or so), so why did I learn it?

Maybe it taught me the parts of speech. Knowing the diagramming is not important, knowing the parts of speech is.

Hard to say.


48 posted on 08/04/2013 11:44:25 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: freshlook

Good for you!! Wish I saw this attitude more often these days instead of the following mentality: “I have ADHD/ADD/Dyslexia/Dysgraphia, etc... so I shouldn’t have to _____________” (Put “spell”, “write correctly” or anything else you want to put in the blank.)


49 posted on 08/04/2013 11:44:28 AM PDT by JLLH
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To: chessplayer

like Ideocracy


50 posted on 08/04/2013 11:44:51 AM PDT by GeronL
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