Johnny and Janie can't spell

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
  • Updated: September 19, 2012 - 11:20 AM

Students who took last year's National Assessment of Educational Progress writing test were allowed to use computers with spell check and a thesaurus. It didn't help.

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wtfwaldoSep. 19, 1211:18 AM

I posted this simple equation on Facebook last week and received 5 different answers from 45 different people, 2 of whom have a Phd in Education (though not math). Try it....... 6+1x0+2/2=?

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pumiceSep. 19, 1211:48 AM

From the article: "Yet without the basic skills of organized thinking and proficiency in language, the tools don't really help... Said another way, even the best calculator won't enable somebody with no math skills to comprehend laws of physics or geometry." The author is absolutely correct. Literacy and numeracy go far beyond letter-sound relationship and mastery of basic math facts. Critical thinking is the foundation on which all human communication is built, and number sense is the foundation on which all technical and engineering applications are built. However, word processing tools can help learners grow in communication skills and and calculating tools can help learners grow in understanding math concepts which underlie science, technology, and engineering. Without computers, Curiosity would not be satisfying our inherent curiosity about places far, far away and times long, long ago.

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imichelleSep. 19, 1211:58 AM

Interesting that you would choose to do a math equation in response to an article on spelling. BTW 7

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pumiceSep. 19, 1212:02 PM

Spelling, by the way, is a matter of courtesy. We humans learn to communicate long before we learn to spell. A child who wants to communicate in writing should not be discouraged from doing so because s/he cannot spell correctly. Writers and speakers who respect their audience and value communication take care to make their messages as clear and comprehensible as possible. Thoughtful writers and speakers use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, word usage, and grammar to help readers and listeners receive the message they are sending.

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pumiceSep. 19, 1212:07 PM

!!!That's "x 0", not "+ 0" and "+ 1" not "x 1".

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ZombiehunterSep. 19, 1212:15 PM

Hopefully this will take care of the bold text.

Spelling is another tool used in communicating with other people. And like any other tool, it can be used poorly or it can be used well. Just look at the majority of posters on this board who not only can't tell which form of its or it's to use, they don't care either. About the best you can get from them is an irritated "oh, you know what I meant."

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dlzabzSep. 19, 1212:19 PM

LMAO! IMO I can spell just fine YOLO!

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alansonSep. 19, 1212:21 PM

The English language is infamous for its pronunciation and spelling inconsistencies. Proficiency in spelling is as much a matter of rote learning as "organized thinking." Some of my smartest friends and co-workers have been mediocre spellers. In fact anyone who has ever had to edit the work of businessmen or scientists will be profoundly sympathetic to the plight of non-professional writers of English. But don't give up and don't be ashamed, word processing is so good now that poor spelling in finished documents is almost a thing of the passed;>)

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pumiceSep. 19, 1212:42 PM

Re: "Some of my smartest friends and co-workers have been mediocre spellers." That's the upside of being a bad speller, alanson: There's little correlation between IQ and spelling Q. For bad-spelling students, there are many, many activities which are more productive than spending time memorizing "This Week's Word List" because next week there'll surely be another word list. (One thing bad spellers don't need is a weekly reminder that they're bad spellers.) The ten most productive uses of time? Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read!

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pumiceSep. 19, 1212:47 PM

Re: "[D]on't give up and don't be ashamed, word processing is so good now that poor spelling in finished documents is almost a thing of the passed;>)" Cute, alanson, but the automatic spelling correction produces even more humorous results. My current favorite is "swmnguy." If I don't respond to the prompt, "swmnguy" appears as "swingy."

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