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post #1 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Is spelling no longer emphasized in school in the early grades (1-6). People on public media make typos but at times one gets a sense that someone just doesn't really know how to spell. One young lady, making inquiries of a sold horse's whereabouts used weir, we're, and were for the word where. I'm seeing this so much nowadays I can't help but wonder what's happening in our schools.

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post #2 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 08:19 AM
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I agree, and then sometimes I will post a reply and then after when I read it I see some errors that I missed when checking my reply. Not a good typer is my excuse.
I think texting is partly to blame as people take short cuts doing this.

It isn't just the spelling, it's also the misuse of a word. A couple of examples, advice and advise, your and you're.
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post #3 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 08:40 AM
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When we type, as when we read, we generally think in terms of words rather than in terms of letters. If two words sound alike, we may inadvertently type the wrong one. This is even more likely if we are not familiar with the spelling of the correct word. In addition, if the word we type is not the correct word but is a valid word, a spell checking program will not catch the error.

We have another problem when we realize that some words can be spelled in different ways. This is often due to differences in American and British English such as "color" and "colour". Even in American English, there can be approved variations in spelling such as "theater" and "theatre".

Some of the problems we encounter are the result of narrow reading experience. Much, however, seems to be the result of laziness.

Lastly, there are circumstances when even research cannot provide a definitive answer. An example is whether to use "affect" or "effect".
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post #4 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 09:02 AM
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I also blame predictive text! People do not learn how to spell a word when all they have to do is type in the first three letters and press which word they want.
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post #5 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 09:21 AM
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I agree the auto correct feature makes things harder when people can just pick and choose what words they want to use. I do know that most schools near us have done away with teaching cursive writing.. I remember when they tried to force it down our throats as we "Needed to be able to write properly" guess it does not matter anymore..lol

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
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post #6 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 09:29 AM
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It frustrates me to no end, but I'm left shaking my head since there's not much you can do about it. I just honestly wonder how some people manage to go through life in an online world when even basic spelling is a complete lost cause for them.
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post #7 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 09:36 AM
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I am in highschool and half my kids can't spell correctly and the teachers do nothing about it. One - its a crappy school two - we have crappy teachers and three - we have crappy students.
but that is still no excuse.

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One I frequently see is the word defiantly, a misspelling of definitely. My keyboard has seen it's better days and sometimes I get annoyed with all the correcting I wind up doing altho I do try to catch them. When in grades 7,8 and 9 we had compulsory reading and had to read 6 books over the course of the year. There was a long list of books to chose from. We then had to write a prcis on each, so this is where good spelling came in, or there were reduced marks.

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post #9 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 10:16 AM
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Here in the states, the kids in public schools just keep coming out dumber and dumber. The one time stigma of the "home school" kid has now turned into kids, who are too smart for the junk in public schools and their parents can not afford private schools. Mine are both in private school, as I can afford it. However, if I could not, I would be a home school person myself. My college degree is higher then most teachers anyway.
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post #10 of 49 Old 11-20-2014, 10:29 AM
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If you don't know the difference between 'too' and 'to', 'wear' and 'where', or 'no' and 'know'; there is a problem. When you think "alot" is one word, there is a problem.
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