I absolutely cannot believe the latest out of British academia. Apparently, having given up on the idea that students should be able to craft a coherent sentence and spell correctly in order to be understood, one academic has thrown in the towel:
Fed up with his students’ complete inability to spell common English correctly, a British academic has suggested it may be time to accept “variant spellings” as legitimate.
Rather than grammarians getting in a huff about “argument” being spelled “arguement” or “opportunity” as “opertunity,” why not accept anything that’s phonetically (fonetickly anyone?) correct as long as it can be understood?
“Instead of complaining about the state of the education system as we correct the same mistakes year after year, I’ve got a better idea,” Ken Smith, a criminology lecturer at, wrote in the .
“University teachers should simply accept as variant spelling those words our students most commonly misspell.”
What. A. Crock.
On the heels of the pedagogy that claimed that anything a student would write should be acceptable, regardless of form, as long as they expressed themselves, we now have decided to throw the spelling out the window along with the grammar. We’ve created a generation of people who have graduated from high school incapable of crafting a coherent sentence. Now we’re allowing whatever-floats-your-boat spelling, too.
Of course, constant texting has morphed into its own language (hence the title of this post) and students have apparently been lulled into thinking that since their buddy understands, the professors shouldn’t be so stuffy about the whole thing, either. And the professor isn’t arguing.
I’m sorry, folks. It’s sheer laziness all around. The students can’t even be bothered to hit the spell check button on the computer, and the professors can’t be bothered to correct the students.
It’s enuf to drive you insaine. Srsly.