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‘Trooth’ in Education

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Trooth in education iz teh key 2 LOLearning.

According to Spiked (HT):

Ken Smith, a criminologist at Bucks New University, England, argues that we should chill out and accept the most common spelling mistakes as ‘variant spellings’.

‘University teachers should simply accept as variant spelling those words our students most commonly misspell’, he argued recently in the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Here’s the original piece, “Just spell it like it is.”


My peeves include “loose” instead of “lose.” How wrong.

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Comments

  • You might find Chesterton’s comments on a push for phonetic spelling of interest: http://www.online-literature.com/chesterton/all-things-considered/26/

  • Dan VB

    Sounds terrific. Maybe we can extend the same courtesy to math students who make common mistakes? 0/0 = 1 is no longer “wrong”; it’s just a “variant calculation”.

    Is it me, or are students no longer expected to *learn* at school?

  • Joelle

    Here are 2 of my peeves:
    1. “Lay” and “lie”
    2. “It’s” used as a possessive and “its” as a contraction of “it is”.
    Maybe kids need to spend more time reading and writing and less time texting their friends?