Stop teaching children how to spell

I sincerely hope that this is a joke. I know The Daily Mail aren’t reliable as a news source, but I really REALLY hope this is just a very bad joke. Otherwise I might have to make a special trip to England to find this guy and smack him around a bit. Preferably with a dictionary AND grammar book.

Spelling lessons should be scrapped because children can correct mistakes on their mobile phone or computer, a university professor has claimed.

Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, said that good grammar was necessary ‘maybe 100 years ago’ but ‘not right now’.

He said that traditional spelling classes are unnecessary when students have constant access to state-of-the-art technology.

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