Why Johnny Can't Spell.......
I found this article which directly addresses the spelling issues that we are all discussing here. This is a short excerpt:
"But what is the answer? How do we correct the spelling problems of our children? How do we restore language in a way which enables users to speak it and write it consistently?
The answer is that we must stop being ambivalent about language, and especially about our own language. Either there are correct answers in language, or there are none. Either we allow ourselves to choose a "fixed" form of the language we speak, and teach that variations are incorrect, or we permit the language to change in every direction it will and cease to teach that there are any rules at all. And either way, we must understand the consequences of our decision."
This ambivalence toward proper use of language shows itself in responses throughout this thread, so one might infer that we, as contractors and employers are indeed part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Here's a link to the entire piece if you care enough to read it. ;)
Dare I say it............?
Do they even teach penmanship in schools today?
When I was in grammar school some fifty years ago, we were taught the Reinhart system starting with printing and then longhand writing styles.
Beautiful handwriting skills like my grandmother had is surely a lost art never to be seen again. :(