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Professor says kids no longer need to learn spelling and grammar because of smartphones

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Professor says kids no longer need to learn spelling and grammar because of smartphones

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Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way.

Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar.

Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make the necessary corrections.

Spelling and grammar are “a bit unnecessary because they are skills that were very essential maybe 100 years ago but they are not right now,” Mitra said. “Firstly, my phone corrects my spelling so I don’t really need to think about it and, secondly, because I often skip grammar and write in a cryptic way.”

The professor made the anti-spelling proclamation at a time when the British government is rolling out a host of educational standards including one that will require students to take a spelling test involving 200 complex words near the end of grade school.

Another exam for 11-year-olds that tests spelling, grammar and punctuation was launched this year.

Mitra is big enough in the world of education that there is a Wikipedia page about him.

He has won a $1 million TED Prize to found “cloud schools,” notes the Mail. The goal is to allow children to learn from each other and from retired specialists.

In 1999, Mitra conducted a famous set of experiments known as the Hole in the Wall experiments. He set up computer kiosks in poor areas of India where kids could play with computers. The goal was to show that kids could learn to use computers and the internet with no formal training—even without knowing English.

The Hole in the Wall experiments moved an Indian diplomat named Vikas Swarup to write a novel called “Q & A” about an impoverished waiter in Mumbai who becomes the biggest quiz show winner in history. The book later became the Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire.”


by on Aug. 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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wowguildmomma
by on Aug. 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I don't agree cause even with auto correct the smartphones mess up alot of what gets typed in.

I have the auto correct turned off on my phone cause it can turn the simplest post into looking like a 5 year old wrote it. 


mrs.hartman12
by on Aug. 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Hmm I have a facebook page full of older teens and college age kids that will clearly show this is wrong. I finally had to point out to my cousin that he needed to work on his grammar unless he truly believes there is "no god". It should have been "know god". I guess the smart phone is not as smart as this author thinks.
gacgbaker
by on Aug. 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Ugh, I disagree with this 100%- the more we rely on technology to get us through, the more stupid we are- and how much easier will it be to be controlled?  All we need is no power for a week and the zombie apocalypse will be real- only it will be kids who have not been educated and don't know how to do anything without their smart phone. 

I have a friend who is a professor and she just posted this huge rant about how kids need to know how to spell- kinda funny in light of reading this article today. 

mem82
by Platinum Member on Aug. 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM
LOL I agree. I think we need to keep our brains sharp and spelling etc helps with that.
Quoting gacgbaker:

Ugh, I disagree with this 100%- the more we rely on technology to get us through, the more stupid we are- and how much easier will it be to be controlled?  All we need is no power for a week and the zombie apocalypse will be real- only it will be kids who have not been educated and don't know how to do anything without their smart phone. 

I have a friend who is a professor and she just posted this huge rant about how kids need to know how to spell- kinda funny in light of reading this article today. 

mem82
by Platinum Member on Aug. 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA I know, right?

Quoting SusanTheWriter:

Darn. I used to love diagramming sentences. It was so easy!


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