ANSWERS: 24
  • It's not really the school. The teacher has to actually notice the kids that aren't doing well/paying attention, and DO something about it.
  • Yes. I worry a lot.
  • I understand perfectly what you mean . I wonder about that myself.
  • I think a large number of the errors are because people are typing too fast, and too involved in their answers to properly proof-read!
  • Doant wory, be hapee. (And, sorry, but you should have said "...the NUMBER of people...") ;-)
  • No, not often. Actually, the correct wording is, "the NUMBER of people." "Amount" is related to an uncountable or a mass quantity.
  • I don't worry about their schooling as much as I worry about people's general lack of attention to details. They don't seem to care whether they spell something correctly or just get their ideas across. I'm sorry to say it seems there is a lot of apathy or laziness. They either don't want to learn or they don't care to use what they learn. I DO worry about that.
  • It has nothing to do with schools. I'm a very intellectual person that just so happens to be a bad speller. I'm a wizz at other things like math, science and grammar, but when it comes to spelling I don't know a thing. People are different, don't bash them for their weaknesses.
  • One of my daughters went all the way through public school without ever once being assigned a paper to write. No book reports. No essays. If it hadn't been for my personal efforts she'd never have learned basic writing skills - and she was a straight A student in several AP classes. Personally I blame this on the prevalent philosophy of aiming lessons at the lowest common denominator, instead of insisting that kids meet a certain standard in order to achieve the next level. We aren't doing kids any favors by letting them slide. I would hope people recognize that to communicate effectively it's best to spell correctly and use complete sentences, including the appropriate punctuation. Typos, as Jeffers pointed out, are often the result of eagerness to post an answer and have nothing to do with inadequacies in the education system.
  • Not really given it much thought. Some folks may do like I do and type too fast while failing to proofread. Also, could be some of us ( I consider I am guilty of misspelling too)are busy just trying to get the content right when thinking of the correct answer. Hope it is not an indication of something much worse.
  • No, but it's not hard to look something up these days.
  • No , not really and thank goodness I have spell check , because I'm far from perfect
  • I am THE WORLD'S WORST SPELLER. I am also quite bright. I don't think one has anything to do with the other. I think the ability to spell well is inherited as is the inability. No one in my family can spell well including my aunt who graduated Summa cum Laude with a Master's Degree and is a nationally certified teacher.
  • I don't mind i think that everyone makes mistakes.
  • English is not my native language. I do not always check very accurately what I write and often rely on my memory. I think I use probably some false spellings among other errors. I probably make much more errors not using the usual words or prepositions than using a false spelling. As long as I can understand what people say, incorrect spelling is for me not very annoying. I ignore errors which obviously happened out of a lack of concentration. If someone is making regularly many errors, it can be annoying. But this does not happen so frequently, I think. Culture probably does not rely so much on writing nowadays than it did in the last centuries. Schools are just following this trend.
  • No!!! I do not. I am a teacher, on AB I'm here to learn and to help when I can. I think alot of people just get in a hurry! It would bother me if this were a class, it's just having some fun. I gave up sweating the small stuff when the big ships rolled in.
  • I agree, Christi! Some folks can't spell anything correctly and they abbreviate everything and it drives me NUTS!
  • To get a little bit technical, in the question, "amount" should be "number" because it is not addressing gallons of people, but discrete units. "on here"? Most cumbersome wording. Grammar is every bit as important as spelling, but neither was important at all until about 150 years ago. There was no standard and as long as a statement made sense, that was all that was expected. It worked. With all the ridiculous rules that teachers have to observe these days, learning real stuff is probably on the back burner. They are much too busy being politically correct.
  • Just to chime in: it's not the school's fault. The misspellings that you're talking about are almost never the product of lack of knowledge or ability; it's laziness. It's text speak. We can have spelling tests all day long, but if a student doesn't choose to use that knowledge when he leaves, there isn't much I as a teacher can do about it. As for honest-to-goodness misspellings, I agree with previous posts that ideas and communication are more important than perfect spelling. Don't get me wrong -- I prefer spelling to be right. But I'm not philosopher king, and if I were, that would be weird, as I'm a woman.
  • My answer applies only to people whose native language is American English. Spelling is easy enough to deal with by using a spellchecker. What bothers me is the crappy grammar, particularly the instances of improper subject/verb agreement, misuse of homonyms, and improper use of apostrophes. What really bothers me is the "chatspeak." I don't mean "LMAO" and "LOL." I mean shortening "your" to "ur," etc. (Although that does get around one of the big homonym problems: the misuse of your, yore and you're.) I'm not trying to sound petty, because we all type quickly and make typos, but a person with even an 8th-grade education ought to be able to communicate decently in writing. I know this isn't "spellingbag" or "grammarbag," but I think it makes the questions and answers hard to read and understand when people don't at least make an effort to spell properly and use correct grammar. JMHO. Let the negging begin.
  • No, nevver. Schools are just a free, convenient way of getting rid of the kids for a few hours.
  • I don't worry about it as long as I can understand what they're saying. Many are typos some are auto correct and some never learned to spell. I'm definitely more careless with my spelling and grammar here than on a job application or professional letter. I've even knowingly ended sentences in prepositions to appear more normal than a proper construct. I've seen a lot of insecure kids trying to be 'cool' with dis and dat and gangsta wannabes. If they live long enough they'll quit that when they learn who they really are or want to be. I think internet schools would be able to multiply the efforts and talents of the best teachers in their best areas to all students equally.
  • no, i have enough of other stuff to worry about instead
  • Schools are more about making kids feel good about themselves instead of actually teaching them things that will make them more employable.

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