Apparently spelling doesn't count anymore

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Doc Holliday, Jan 14, 2005.

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  1. Fred_M

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  2. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    spelling, language, grammar

    In most of these entries, or all, no mention is made of possible exceptions. We have members from Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, China, Japan, and scads of other places. I think all do an outstanding job of using the English language, and I readily accept any and all errors without a thought.

    I'm not faulting anyone, just bringing it to mind.

  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Ah, here's a topic I can really relate to! If you think spelling abilities have deteriorated among the younger generation, you're absolutely right - and here's why.

    About 10 years ago a new trend swept through the education system. Many educators spend no time in the classroom. They are beaurocrats and planners, so-called experts. How one learns to read, and the spelling of words has not changed in over 100 years. So how do these planners justify their existence? By rolling out brand new ways of learning to read.

    When I was a kid, we learned by the phonics method. We also learned grammar starting in grade 6. About 10 years ago this method was scrapped. Correct spelling was "elitist", it was "cultural imperialism". Alternate spellings were declared to be ok. Kids checked each other's work. Grammar was no longer taught. This was declared to be progress.

    Teachers, those on the front lines, were incredibly frustrated. They had just been deprived of one of their most important tools for teaching. In parent-teacher interviews, I've had numerous teachers confide in lowered voices that they still snuck phonics into the classroom, because that is the best way to learn - tried and tested over many years.

    We wouldn't show up for a job interview in dirty, wrinkled clothes, because we realize it's important to make a good first impression. When the first impression is something written, such as a resumé, or even a post on the internet - that first impression is one of a slovenly person, and unfortunately, whether it's that person's fault or not, one of someone who doesn't care much.

    As I say to my design students, many of whom are from other countries and cultures, you MUST spellcheck. If you're not familiar with correct grammar and syntax, enlist help from someone who is.

    Bad spelling creates the impression you don't care. And if you, the author don't care - why should anyone else?

    I then give them a list of common trouble words, ones the spell-checkers won't catch: there/their/they're, to/too, its/it's etc.

    The fact is though, that when all we old fogies are dead and gone, it's the young people of today who will be setting the rules. R U wurryd yet? :eek:

  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    True but, at six pounds apiece, they tend to better settle any and all debates when properly and effectively applied to an offending cranium. :p ;) :thumb:
  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Very Good Point Val
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    There are many good points on this thread. Lynn makes a great point. I'll add to that that it is poor etiquit and considered rude to even mention spelling or grammer on an international forum. This has been brought up on this forum before. I would also like to point out that we have several members with disabilities that interfere with their abilites to spell and/or to articulate in a way that is easy for you to easily understand.

    Many people have foucussed abilities that make them great at certain things, and not so good at other things. Great spellers would probably not like to hear about their weaknesses in computers, electronics, physics, science, chemestry, mechanics, plumbing, drywalling, sex, boxing or social skills discussed openly on a railroding forum. You are free to read or not read any posts here regardless of how well written.

    This topic is now closed as it may be hurtful to certain members, and while it began as a harmless off-topic post, it is no longer productive to our forum.

    While I know no harm was intended by any of the posts here, I appologize on behalf of our many fine members and staff to anyone who may have been offended, I also ask you to continue to participate in the forums regardless of your communications skills.
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