A Rough Spell For The Next Generation (2/15/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

A Rough Spell For The Next Generation (2/15/07)

Many educators no longer think teaching proper spelling is all that important in schooling younger children. They say it stifles creativity in students' writing, and that kids will ultimately learn proper spelling anyway just from reading.

Well, in case you hadn't noticed, most kids don't do a whole lot of non-required reading these days. So if you think they'll all master proper spelling sooner or later because of the many novels and newspapers they consume, you're kidding yourself.

The truth is, most people who don't learn to spell as kids never do. And this is a serious problem.

As a businessman, I'm horrified at the lack of basic grammar and spelling skills I see in the vast majority of resumes and letters that cross my desk. And don't even get me started on the emails.

There's no delicate way to put it. No matter how smart they may be, people who can't spell give the impression of being stupid. The minority that can spell and use proper grammar have an insurmountable advantage over those who can't. And, not surprisingly, they're the ones who get the jobs.

Until our educators realize this basic truth, they're just setting our children up for undeserved failure as adults. And I can't spell it out any more clearly than that.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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