You know all those little kids studying their butts off for spelling tests all year long? Well, there’s a professor at Newcastle University in England who says they’re all just wasting time.
In a recent interview, he said that teaching kids spelling and grammar in primary school and beyond is, quote, “a bit unnecessary,” because they’re both skills that gadgets like AutoCorrect on your phone will take care of from here on out.
His point is that kids now have constant access to that kind of technology. Or if they don’t, they will soon and that’s how it’s going to be for the rest of their lives. So he thinks we should be looking at different teaching methods, and better subject matter.
Of course, a lot of teachers and parents are disagreeing with the idea that spelling and grammar are useless skills.
What do YOU think? Is it necessary to keep teaching spelling and grammar? Or does the luxury of new technology open the doors for new disciplines? Sound off in the comments section below, on Twitter at @KarsonKennedy or via Facebook!