Skip to comments.Professor says kids no longer need to learn spelling and grammar because of smartphones
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 dont 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 dont 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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Voluntary Human InStupidment
Ignorant kids using their phones for brains.
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!
Well then let me help.
This person is a dumb ass!
A Professor?? WHAT A SURPRISE!
Cell phones and calculators should be banned from schools...but that would be racism and inequality.
Soooo what about the people who program the phones?
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
Ebonics? Wha’s dah bitches and hoes?
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.
100’s of million Asian kids memorize dozens of characters/ week. For years.
This mental exercise HAS to do something positive to their brains.
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.
What good is being smart if you can’t express yourself so others can understand you?
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!
"da police caught me outta skool."
Such a tragedy...he would have been the next Shakespeare, I tell you!
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