Friday, August 04, 2006
DUZ BADD SPAELIN HERT YER JOBB PROSPEX?
If you can’t spell very well, you can’t have very good reading comprehension. And if you can’t understand what you read very well, you can’t be very accurate or complex in your thinking. And if you can’t THINK very well . . . you can grow up to be an educrat!
Just kidding. But take time to read the comments by business people at the bottom of this story from the Brits. Yes, there are a few people among us who are congenitally bad at spelling. But the vast majority of us – more than 95% -- should be able to spell the 5,000 or 10,000 words in everyday use to perfection. The only reason so many of us can’t is that we haven’t been taught to read with phonics, so we don’t understand how letters come together into words and so forth.
Many business leaders, educrats and politicians spout off frequently about the need to beef up our math and science education. No argument from here. But the crucial need for good reading and writing instruction trumps ‘em all:
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