Teachers in the Ontario system are limited in what they are allowed to teach, how they are allowed to teach it and how they are allowed to grade it. They have very little freedom to do what many of them know would be much more successful. All in the name of "province wide consistency." Blah.
Drafty - I here you. I gave a caret to my hoarse today after I put the reigns over his neck
Homonyms are a pet peeve of mine as well. Another one I have is not knowing if you need to use a subject or an object. As in: "Me and Tommy went to the store." Arrgggh... Everytime I hear someone say that, I ask them, "If you went to the store alone, would you say, 'Me went to the store'?"
What about local dialect? If you can't speak properly, how in blazes are you ever going to write properly? Up here, the word isn't "supposedly" it's "supposebly". And the locals "berry" their dead, not "bury" them. Also, the ratio of adults in my neck of the woods that can't conjugate verbs is shocking.
Then there is the regional accent. That became very interesting when I was teaching word sound structure based on letter combinations to a dyslexic teen. I had many interesting conversations with my coach and sometimes there wasn't a clear answer. Ever try to breakdown the pronunciation of a word that is pronounced differently in different countries, and then back up what you say? Sometimes it's impossible to do.
So, while language is definitely something that can be studied to death, I just wish more people would take pride in how they speak and write.
We don't knead to be purrfeckt, but we can try.