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Spelling-bee protesters 'thru with through', the Seattle Times ^ | June 3, 2004 | Seattle Times

Posted on 06/29/2004 8:21:41 PM PDT by Spellfix

I am new to your forum, a spelling bee protester just getting around to answering some comments posted June 3 here: http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-news/1146693/post My actual remarks are under Comment. Please email me if I'm putting the comment where the thread should be or vice versa. ramole@aol.com


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Greetings:

I'm Alan Mole, President of the American Literacy Council, responding to your comments about our picketing the Spelling Bee. Since there were so many postings (116+) and most were negative, perhaps you'll forgive me if I take a little more space to reply than is customary.

Very briefly this is our position:

ALC actually likes the Bee, since it's a good way to make a hard subject fun for kids. But where the Bee glorifies the difficulty of spelling, we think it should be easy. Where the Bee finds the one student in ten million (literally!) who can master it, we want to make it logical so everyone can master it and millions more can read.

We have 22% functional illiteracy in America, some 40 million adults. In Sweden it's 7%, Germany 10% and Norway 12%. All those countries reformed their spelling, some several times in the last century. And their low illiteracy *is* due to their spelling. A paper in Science reports that Italians have just as much dyslexia as English speakers, as measured by trouble repeating syllables and by brain scans, yet there is far less trouble reading. The paper concludes that the difference is due to the spelling systems. (Italian has honest and phonetic spelling.)

Illiteracy often leads to poverty, desperation and crime. The USA has 2.1 million prisoners behind bars, the highest incarceration rate in the whole world. Is this due to spelling and illiteracy? Well, 60% of our prisoners are illiterate -- judge for yourself.

Most European countries have reformed their spelling and lowered their illiteracy. It can be done. And it could be painless here in America because computers can transform documents, to or from reformed spelling, in seconds. So no one would be forced to read or write in reformed, nor is it likely that newspapers would change for a century.

But as a gradual start we want to take some dyslexics who have failed every effort to learn reading in regular spelling, and teach them in reformed. Perhaps some day one will hand you a note in SoundSpel. Would you deign to read it, knowing it made that man literate? Could you read it?

Well, SoundSpel drops silent letters ("no" not "know") and it spells long vowels (AEIOU) as AE (as in steak), EE (as in meet), IE (as in tried) and so on. Heer's a sampl. It is a litl shoking at ferst but being fonetic it's eezy with sum practis. Wuud U tri to reed it, to help a dislexic? To fiend out mor, see www.spellingsociety.org or www.americanliteracy.com/alc6.htm

In answer to typical comments:

1. No, we do not want to reform grammar, and I know of no one among us who likes Ebonics. Spelling is not grammar. Most of the nations of Europe have reformed their spelling; none that I know of their grammar. Norway reformed spelling four times in the last century but never adopted Norbonics.

2. Yes, it can be done, and is not a silly impossible proposal. Just as Arabic numerals replaced Roman numerals (a vastly inferior system requiring a university education to learn to add and subtract), just as Standard Time replaced every hamlet having its own time based on local noon, just as Sweden and Norway and Germany reformed their spelling, so we can reform ours.

3. "Reformers just want to coddle poor widdle kiddies, who should have to learn as we did." Other countries fixed their spelling to make it easy, barely harder than learning to count, which is the way it should be. They have far less illiteracy (7% Sweden VS 22% USA, 20% UK, 17% Canada...) Their children almost all become fluent in one or more foreign languages, while the U.S. performance is pathetic in this area. Of course it takes them two weeks to learn to read and write while it takes us two years. (A third of the first six years of grade school is spent on readin' and writin'.) There are far better things for children to learn than our corrupt spelling. Do reformers want to make it better for children? Yes. But why would *you* be against that? Do you hate children? Do like polio? ("I had to face that risk so they should too. And let's bring back diphtheria!")

4. "Everyone can learn to spell!" Yes -- in Germany. But here literally ten million children compete in the Bee and 9,999,999 misspell a word and drop out, before one is declared champion. If you think one in ten million is everyone you must have taken New Math.

5. "No responsible person would champion spelling reform." In 1908 most responsible people thought it would happen. Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, Tennyson, Shaw and hundreds of college presidents, even the NEA (then more society than union) all vigorously supported it.

6. "Get a life!"-- Oh, I think T.R. had one.

These comments should have convinced you, yet somehow I suspect I can look forward to a vigorous debate. Well, it should be interesting...

Alan

1 posted on 06/29/2004 8:21:41 PM PDT by Spellfix
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To: Spellfix

f u kn rd thz, thn u kn mk mny in cort rprting


2 posted on 06/29/2004 8:27:23 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Fabrizio Quattrocchi: "Adesso vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano")
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To: Spellfix

I read through your comments, and can you elaborate as to the reason you thought it necessary to post this?

You want to reform spelling? In what way?

Illiteracy? How is that the fault of or tie into the National Spelling Bee? It sounds like you want to dumb it down, make it "more inclusive" in order to make it more "fair."

It seems to me that it should be hard. Kind of like the difference of riding around the block versus winning the Tour De France.


3 posted on 06/29/2004 8:28:06 PM PDT by stylin_geek (Koffi: 0, G.W. Bush: (I lost count))
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To: stylin_geek
"difference of"="difference between"
4 posted on 06/29/2004 8:29:32 PM PDT by stylin_geek (Koffi: 0, G.W. Bush: (I lost count))
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To: Spellfix
I ain't superstitious but a black cat crossed my trail...
5 posted on 06/29/2004 8:30:24 PM PDT by Geronimo
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To: Geronimo

Heh...


6 posted on 06/29/2004 8:33:57 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: So Cal Rocket

How kan u sa that english iz not reformd wen we no longer hav too speek in thous, thes, therfors, wens, warefor, and hens dont hav to dekod such thins lik this: The angell sayde to thee that the fruyt off thi body sulde be blyssyde?


7 posted on 06/29/2004 8:34:33 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Spellfix

Well, isn't that nice.


8 posted on 06/29/2004 8:36:17 PM PDT by bayourod (Can the 9/11 Commission connect the dots on Iraq or do they require a 3-D picture?)
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To: Spellfix

With hym ther was a Plowman, was his broother,
That hadde ylad of donge ful many a foother.
A trewe swynkere and a good was he,
Lyvynge in pees and parfit charitee.
God loved he best with al his hoole herte
At alle tymes, thogh hym gamed or smerte,
And thanne his neighebore right as hymselve.
He wolde thresshe, and therto dyke and delve, 2
For Cristes sake, for every povre wight,
Withouten hyre, if it lay in his myght.
His tythes payde he ful faire and wel,
Both of his propre swynk and his catel.
In a tabard he rood upon a mere.


9 posted on 06/29/2004 8:37:13 PM PDT by nhoward14
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Meihem In Ce Klasrum
by Dolton Edwards

[Note: This was originally published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1946, after the terms of George Bernard Shaw's will had come to light.]

Because we are still bearing some of the scars of our brief skirmish with II-B English, it is natural that we should be enchanted by Mr. George Bernard Shaw's current campaign for a simplified alphabet.

Obviously, as Mr. Shaw points out, English spelling is in much need of a general overhauling and streamlining. However, our own resistance to any changes requiring a large expenditure of mental effort in the near future would cause us to view with some apprehension the possibility of some day receiving a morning paper printed in - to us - Greek.

Our own plan would achieve the same end as the legislation proposed by Mr. Shaw, but in a much less shocking manner, as it consists of merely an acceleration of the normal process by which the language is continually modernized.

As a catalytic agent, we would propose that a National Easy Language Week be proclaimed, which the President would inaugurate, outlining some short cut to concentrate during the week, and to be adopted during the ensuing year. All school children would be given a holiday, the lost time being the equivalent of that gained by the spelling short cut.

In 1946, for example, we would urge the elimination of the soft "c", for which we would substitute "s". Sertainly, such an improvement would be selebrated in all sivic-minded sircles as being suffisiently worth the trouble, and students in all sities in the land would be reseptive toward any change eliminating the nesessity of learning the differense between the two letters.

In 1947, sinse only the hard "c" would be left, it would be possible to substitute "k" for it, both letters being pronounsed identikally. Imagine how greatly only two years of this prosess would klarify the konfusion in the minds of students. Already we would have eliminated an entire letter from the alphabet. Typewriters and linotypes kould all be built with one less letter, and all the manpower and materials previously devoted to making "c's" kould be turned toward raising the national standard of living.

In the fase of so many notable improvements, it is easy to foresee that by 1948, "National Easy Language Week" would be a pronounsed sukses. All skhool tshildren would be looking forward with konsiderable exsitement to the holiday, and in a blaze of national publisity it would be announsed that the double konsonant "ph" no longer existed, and that the sound would henseforth be written with "f" in all words. This would make sutsh words as "fonograf" twenty persent shorter in print.

By 1949, publik interest in a fonetik alfabet kan be expekted to have inkreased to the point where a more radikal step forward kan be taken without fear of undue kritisism We would therefore urge the elimination at that time of al unesesary double leters, whitsh, although quite harmles, have always ben a nuisanse in the language and a desided deterent to akurate speling. Try it yourself in the next leter you write, and se if both writing and reading are not fasilitated.

With so mutsh progres already made, it might be posible in 1950 to delve further into the posibilities of fonetik speling. After due konsideration of the reseption aforded the previous steps, it should be expedient by this time to spel al difthongs fonetikaly. Most students do not realize that the long "i" and "y," as in "time" and "by," are aktualy the difthong "ai," as it is writen in "aisle," and that the long "a" in "fate" is in reality the difthong "ei" as in "rein". Although perhaps not imediately aparent, the seiving in taime and efort wil be tremendous when we leiter elimineite the sailent "e," as meide posible bai this last tsheinge.

For, as is wel known, the horible mes of "e's" apearing in our writen language is kaused prinsipaly bai the present nesesity of indekeiting whether a vowel is long or short.

Therefore, in 1951 we kould simply elimineite al sailent "e's" and kontinu to read and wrait merily along as though we wer in an atomik eig of edukation.

In 1951 we would urg a greit step forward. Sins bai this taim it would hav ben four years sins anywun had usd the leter "c", we would sugest that the "National Easy Languag Wek" for 1951 be devoted to substitution of "c" for "Th". To be sur it would be som taim befor peopl would bekom akustomd to reading ceir newspapers and buks wic sutsh sentenses in cem as "Ceodor caught he had cre cousand cistls crust crough ce cik of his cumb."

In ce seim maner, bai meiking eatsh leter hav its own sound and cat sound only, we kould shorten ce languag stil mor. In 1952 we would eliminait ce "y"; cen in 1953 we kould us ce leter to indekeit ce "sh" sound, cerbai klarifaiing words laik yugar and yur, as wel as redusing bai wun mor leter al words laik "yut," "yor." and so forc. Cink, cen, of al ce benefits to be geined bai ce distinktion whitsh wil cen be meid between words laik:

* ocean now writen oyean
* machine now writen mayin
* racial now writen reyial

Al sutsh divers weis of wraiting wun sound would no longer exist, and whenever wun keim akros a "y" sound he would know exaktli what to wrait.

Kontinuing cis proses, eeir after eeir we would eventuali hav a reali sensibl writen langug. By 1975, wi ventyur tu sei, cer wud bi no mor uv ces teribli trublsum difikultis, wic no tu leters usd to indikeit ce seim nois, and laikwais no tu noises riten wic ce seim leter. Even Mr. Yaw, wi beliv, wud be hapi in ce noleg cat his drims fainali keim tru.


10 posted on 06/29/2004 8:37:55 PM PDT by general_re (Drive offensively - the life you save may be your own.)
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To: Spellfix
Other countries fixed their spelling to make it easy, barely harder than learning to count, which is the way it should be. They have far less illiteracy

It's easy to lower the illiteracy rate if you merely lower the bar at which it's judged.
11 posted on 06/29/2004 8:40:57 PM PDT by kenth
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To: kenth
I like the part about only one person winning the spelling bee. That is like wanting to change the rules of baseball because only one team won the World Series.
12 posted on 06/29/2004 8:48:23 PM PDT by Old North State
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To: general_re

Und finali ve vould awl ve speking German lik ve ver suppozd to vit Hitler's plans.


13 posted on 06/29/2004 8:50:34 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Spellfix
Well, 60% of our prisoners are illiterate -- judge for yourself.

And ~100% have committed crimes.

14 posted on 06/29/2004 8:50:46 PM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: Spellfix

welkum to FREE REPUBLIC. Its kustomary to respond to comints abot posts u maik.


15 posted on 06/29/2004 8:51:07 PM PDT by Khurkris (Will the wind ever remember the names it has blown in the past, It whispers no this will be the last)
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To: Spellfix

Let's reform medicine next. People that would kill a person on the operating table should be allowed to get through Med School. Would you try to let them operate on you, just to help a clumsy doctor?

Frankly, I don't believe in "reforming" standards to the lowest common denominator so that we can pretend more people have improved. Expect less out of people and get less out of people.

Yes, I feel sorry for dyslexics and would even try to read their notes. However, I also don't expect to make one person's disability ten people's disabilities.

Go study the cultural revolution in China. What you propose may be well-meaning, but it is actually borderline evil.


16 posted on 06/29/2004 8:53:49 PM PDT by bluefish (Disclaimer for Pukin: I do not believe Freepers should die for arguing with me.)
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To: Spellfix

Everybody complains about the whether, but, other than you, nobody ever seems to do anything about it.


17 posted on 06/29/2004 8:57:42 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: stylin_geek
You want to reform spelling? In what way?

I think he wants to bring spelling in line with pronunciation, make it more phonetic.

18 posted on 06/29/2004 9:02:19 PM PDT by NovemberCharlie
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To: Spellfix

I am going to have to violently disagree with almost everything in your post. I will not address the Spelling Bee issue itself, as I am not familiar with the post or the incident.

Asian countries that have much more complex languages can have low literacy rates, as well. So many things happened over the years cited, that it is impossible to pin any drop to a particular reform. I do not believe French has been reformed, but I doubt that France's literacy rate is all that bad. For that matter, the article does not inform us of the illiteracy rate among the English and Canadians, who have less standardization than we do. (Cheque, colour, etc.)

This reminds me of the people who trot out the same statistics to argue for a longer school year. They mention that Germany and Japan have longer school years and more literacy and better test scores. They usually omit that Belgium has a much shorter school year and ALSO has better test scores.

So, besides your "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy, you also engage in the straw man of "If we oppose you we support illiteracy." There is more to a language than getting the spelling right. There are reasons why Shakespeare, the original King James and Challoner Douay-Rheims Bible and Charles Dickens are kept in their original form. They are not only for the University educated, either. The look of the word, sometimes subtle differences in sound that cannot be reconciled with a Scando-Germanic sparseness, are important for great literature and poetry.

English differs from many other languages because its vocabulary is vast. English is also a mongrel language, owing its vocabulary and grammar to Germanic, modern Romance and Classical tongues. Oftentimes, the irregular spellings give us an idea of whether the root is derived from Latin, French, Greek or German. It is an advantage in reading that English has alternate spellings for words sounding the same. Homonyms help a reader who cannot "hear" the inflection of voice. But he will know the difference be "no" and "know," or "right" and "write."

There were plenty of brainy people who opposed the standardization movement then. G.K. Chesterton and Hillaire Belloc come to mind immediately. Most Freepers have more respect for the writings of Chesterton than for the writings of the Socialist Shaw. Twain's writing is excellent, but he had a poor track record of guessing the future. He would not invest in the telephone, but lost much of his fortune on failed 19th century stenography inventions.

As a traditional conservative, I believe that radical changes like this should not come from literacy councils, playwrights or even presidents. President Carter attempted to impose the Metric system on the people of the United States. We just said no. Now, here and there, it makes its way in, but for most day to day uses, people think and work in Fahrenheit, pounds and feet. Computers do a great job on the conversions, for when working with other countries is necessary. People who have use for both can learn them both. The Canadian government has imposed metric on the Canadians for decades, now. However, when you talk to real Canadians, not a single one describes his weight in kilograms, and the percentage who know what a centigram or a decaliter is corresponds to the percentage of Americans who know what a league or a hundredweight is. People will learn whatever measurements they care to when they need to.

The language, including spelling, is always changing. I would argue that some of the change is bad, especially those inorganic changes that stem from a new class of PhDs and sexual revolution activists pushing their style on Universities, government agencies and editors. Some of the changes are organic, but are possibly the sign of a language in decline. The French people are regularly adopting English words to meet their needs (Walkman and weekend are two very non-French words in the LaRousse dictionary). The best efforts of the French government cannot convince the citizens to use "communique electronique" rather than "e-mail." I hope that Americans will have at least as much backbone as the French in resisting a top-down imposition of a vocabulary that looks like Newspeak.


19 posted on 06/29/2004 9:05:01 PM PDT by sittnick (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
 

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

20 posted on 06/29/2004 9:11:15 PM PDT by mhking (Message to terrorists: "I've come to chew bubble gum and kick a**; and I'm all out of bubble gum...")
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To: general_re
Spelling Reform

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter 'c' would be dropped to be replased either by 'k' or 's', and likewise 'x' would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which 'c' would be retained would be the 'ch' formation, which will be dealt with later.

Year 2 might reform 'w' spelling, so that 'which' and 'one' would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish 'y' replasing it with 'i' and Iear 4 might fiks the 'g/j' anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants.

Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez 'c', 'y' and 'x' -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais 'ch', 'sh', and 'th' rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

Mark Twain

21 posted on 06/29/2004 9:23:32 PM PDT by ScuzzyTerminator
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To: Spellfix; mhking

Welcome to FR. You may have picked the wrong forum though. Many of us here are fluent in that wonderful old "universal language" of Esperanto.


22 posted on 06/29/2004 9:29:46 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Spellfix
I don't agree that reading English is just "too hard" for 20-odd percent of people to learn. Part of the problem has been the rise in whole language taught in schools. Several of my Education Profs have mentioned that whole language produced poor spellers.

Who are these people who are illiterate? How many of them are citizens who have attended 12 years of public schooling? I'd be willing to bet the majority are illegal immigrants and children of illegal immigrants. The next largest group would probably be urban black kids to whom learning means acting white.

Then, of course, we do have people with language disabilities. THIS group is the only group which has trouble with the difficulty of the language itself. Such a large change for the population as a whole to accomodate a very small group of people is simply ridiculous.

23 posted on 06/29/2004 9:32:04 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: bayourod
Well, isn't that nice.

LOL. I wondered how long before this would start showing up on FR:') This is a joke, right? This is how the spelling challenged already write. They come out of high school this way. Those in prison that don't read well probably spell this way also. All you are doing is telling them it's ok. This is just another dumbing down idea, IMO.

24 posted on 06/29/2004 9:32:25 PM PDT by CindyDawg (guess I better use the spell check :'))
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To: Spellfix
Get ready for some more abuse, richly deserved.
What you are promoting is dumbing down a whole culture so you can feel better about yourself; or your mother or your son. Ain't gonna happen.

Self-esteem is a fraud perpetrated at intolerable cost to the normal majority. Excellence will always be with us. You cannot and should not bring everyone else down to feel better.
In my lifetime I have worked with excellent professionals who were either dyslexic or otherwise unable to spell even the most ordinary often used words. They did not focus on redefining normal. They simply excelled at what they could do and allowed someone else to deal with the spelling. In other words, they accepted their limitations, and did not attempt to persecute others to appear normal.

25 posted on 06/29/2004 9:49:34 PM PDT by Publius6961 (I don't do diplomacy either.)
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To: Spellfix

eyem knot rilly cleer awn tha perpuss uv this psot...


26 posted on 06/29/2004 10:09:24 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (She says I don't listen, or something like that...)
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To: Spellfix
Well, SoundSpel drops silent letters ("no" not "know") and it spells long vowels (AEIOU) as AE (as in steak), EE (as in meet), IE (as in tried) and so on. Heer's a sampl. It is a litl shoking at ferst but being fonetic it's eezy with sum practis. Wuud U tri to reed it, to help a dislexic? To fiend out mor, see www.spellingsociety.org or www.americanliteracy.com/alc6.htm

Ebonics 4 de masses.

27 posted on 06/29/2004 10:15:27 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" HRC 6/28/2004)
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To: mhking

A just damn candidate if I ever did see one.


28 posted on 06/29/2004 10:16:20 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" HRC 6/28/2004)
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To: bayourod

29 posted on 06/29/2004 10:22:39 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Spellfix
Welcome to FR. I'm afraid I must dissent. The English language, while frustrating in both its inconsistency and its complexity, offers rich rewards to those for whom its proper employment constitutes a form of living art. I am not entirely convinced that simplification in the interest of accessibility doesn't remove a challenge that is beneficial to the child overall, and I do not think that a gradient of fluency from child to adult is in the least detrimental, albeit anathema to egalitarians.

I sympathize with the child for whom it seems an insuperable barrier to complete social intercourse, but for that child a carefully chosen vocabulary, properly employed, is no more difficult to master than common sums are when compared to integral calculus. It is the function of pedagogy to offer the child these subsets of overall vocabulary - for English, in excess of 100,000 words - in increasingly challenging forms until his or her needs are met. Forcing one mold on all is laziness; forcing too small a mold on all is cruelty.

30 posted on 06/29/2004 10:26:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Yeah. What you said.


31 posted on 06/30/2004 12:22:39 AM PDT by MitchellC (No gamma rays for oil.)
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To: stylin_geek
II ges they want sumting teechers can teech.

Just wait until they get their grubbies on fractions....and move well away from airports.

32 posted on 06/30/2004 12:31:39 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Bring our foreign buried vets home, start with France, and let the French defend it next time.)
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To: mhking

Is this the best and brightest that the NEA can do?

Dumb down spelling?


33 posted on 06/30/2004 12:49:48 AM PDT by MonroeDNA (Hillary was in charge of the FBI files, which went into a data base: WHoDB. Genious hackers, expose)
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To: Spellfix

Illiterate prison inmates are just too dam lazy to be bothered with learning to read, write or speak coherently for the simple fact that their lives revolved around short cuts.

Short cuts is what put 95% of inmates in prison to begin with.

And here you are offering another.

You are an enabler of illiteracy and a small thinker.

And one more thing, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK WE CARE HOW THEY DO ANYTHING IN EUROPE!


34 posted on 06/30/2004 1:10:25 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (Freedom Stands Because Heroes Serve.)
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To: Spellfix; dighton; aculeus; general_re; L,TOWM; Constitution Day; hellinahandcart; Poohbah; ...

35 posted on 06/30/2004 5:09:39 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsënspåånkængrüppen ØberKømmändø (EMØØK))
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To: Spellfix
Let the freakin' kids be, would ya??? Just let them have their little contest!

Man, people would picket an effing rock if they thought it would give them some TV face time.

36 posted on 06/30/2004 5:12:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Spellfix
Well, SoundSpel drops silent letters ("no" not "know") and it spells long vowels (AEIOU) as AE (as in steak), EE (as in meet), IE (as in tried) and so on. Heer's a sampl. It is a litl shoking at ferst but being fonetic it's eezy with sum practis. Wuud U tri to reed it, to help a dislexic? To fiend out mor, see www.spellingsociety.org or www.americanliteracy.com/alc6.htm

Go away.

Quickly.

Or I shall be forced to dine upon you.


37 posted on 06/30/2004 5:17:55 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
This one is even more fun than your Nuke Paranoia thread.

Quick -- look out the window. Is there a full moon today???

38 posted on 06/30/2004 5:21:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Spellfix; dighton; Lazamataz; hchutch; Old Sarge; ASA Vet

ZTTTZYUW RHCJKIY0001 1821223-TTTT--RHCJSUU

301223ZJUN2004

FM FREERAD CHEYENNE MTN AFS CO
TO ALZOT

T O P S E C R E T VIKINGKITTEN

BT

SUBJ/FREERAD CYBERSPACE ALERT//
RMKS/1. MULTIPLE LAUNCHES DETECTED FROM DEMOCRAT UNDERGROUND, TARGETED ON FREE REPUBLIC.
2. CONFIDENCE IS HIGH RPT CONFIDENCE IS HIGH. FREERAD IS DECLARING A CYBERSPACE DEFENSE EMERGENCY AND ORDERING A FULL PACKET STOP.
3. RECOMMEND SETTING ZOTCON ONE AND EVACUATING JIMROB ABOARD FREE REPUBLIC EMERGENCY AIRBORNE COMMAND POST.
4. COMSTRAT RECOMMENDS IMPLEMENTING CYBERZOT PLAN TWO ONE ZEBRA CODENAME "GRAND TOUR," TIMING OPTION ONE. COMMAND WORD: COTTONMOUTH. DESIGNATOR: JERICHO. DAY WORD: TRINITY.
5. VALHALLA I AM COMING!
6. THE MATADOR! THE MATADOR!//

BT



NNNN


39 posted on 06/30/2004 5:24:19 AM PDT by Poohbah ("Mister Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!" -- President Ronald Reagan, Berlin, 1987)
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To: Spellfix

u ned two bee moore care full wif yur spillin.


40 posted on 06/30/2004 5:24:54 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: Spellfix
Are you series?
41 posted on 06/30/2004 5:25:43 AM PDT by Condor51 (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. -- Gen G. Patton Jr)
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To: Old North State

It's so unfair.


42 posted on 06/30/2004 5:25:56 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Drove my Jaguar to the Quagmire. But the Quagmire was dry.)
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To: Spellfix

bhumpp


43 posted on 06/30/2004 5:26:35 AM PDT by foreverfree
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To: Spellfix

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

by Mark Twain

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s," and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c," "y" and "x"--bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez--tu riplais "ch," "sh," and "th" rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

======================================================== So, I think I'll pass on mucking with the language. We have high illeteracy because we have an educational system that embraced "WHOLE LANGUAGE" and dumbed down an entire generation or two of our population... this combined with a system that believes a childs "self esteem" is more important than education further dumbs them down. Sorry the illiteracy is not a fault of the language... its a fault of the system that has been charged with teaching it.

44 posted on 06/30/2004 5:28:43 AM PDT by HamiltonJay ("You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.")
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To: Spellfix
I'll give your request all the consideration it is due.

And, might I ask a favor of you? When you get spelling fixed, can you take on the issue of gravity? Its damned annoying and unfair that I keep spilling coffee and other beverages on the front of my shirt in the morning. I mail my elected officials about this almost every week but nothing is done.

45 posted on 06/30/2004 5:31:28 AM PDT by asgardshill
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To: hellinahandcart; Constitution Day

Hello!


46 posted on 06/30/2004 5:34:30 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Poohbah

RRRTSAYS 998S7JJSD 7782892-YYKR-MANO881

0130Z30JUN2004

FM WHITE HOUSE COMCTR
TO ALL KITTYBASES

T O P S E C R E T VIKINGKITTEN

BT

SUBJ/FREERAD CYBERSPACE ALERT//
RMKS/1. CONFIRM RECEIPT MESSAGE DETAILING DEMOCRAT UNDERGROUND LAUNCH.
2. CIC ORDERS STRIKE PLAN NINER NINER YANKEE CODE NAME "VALHALLA" FULL KITTEN LAUNCH SAYING AGAIN FULL KITTEN LAUNCH. ALL KITTENS LAUNCH IMMEDIATELY. COMMAND ORDER: THREADSCRAM DESIGNATOR: MILKBOWL DAY WORD: CARETAKER.
3. CONFIRM ZOTCON ONE. CIC SECURED.
5. WE ARE YOUR OVERLORDS!

BT



NNNN



47 posted on 06/30/2004 5:37:55 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: sittnick
...Scando-Germanic sparseness...

Nice.

48 posted on 06/30/2004 5:45:28 AM PDT by Petronski (My beeber is stuning!)
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To: Spellfix

Rubbish, it's a contest and as such is designed to be challenging.

If you want to work to increase literacy then do so, but don't do it on the back of an already popular and successful event. That's just pathetic and is considered coat tail riding.

Have some damn pride and succeed on your own.


49 posted on 06/30/2004 5:51:50 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: Spellfix

By the way, your soundspel crap is just that, crap.


50 posted on 06/30/2004 5:56:10 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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