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So correct spelling and grammar is elitist and should be no barrier to a degree? I would not wish to disagree with the learned heads of our education institutions but I list below a list of things I would not trust to someone without these basic skills.


Writing a prescription.


Reading and dispensing a prescription.


Writing safety/instruction manuals.


Any written communication.


Filling pilot reports. Giving written evidence.


Teaching at any grade.


Product/service reviewing.


Written legal, financial or social advice.


This is by no means a comprehensive or complete list. Yes, I am in the older generation. Yes, I am biased. Yes, I form an instant opinion when I receive ungrammatical communications.


Spellcheckers help and even predictive typing is helped by actually reading what you have written.


We now accept American spelling (color) and no longer have to know the difference between "due to" and "owing to" but poor punctuation can make nonsense of sentences and miscommunication.


Surely, except for those with a physical impediment, basic numeracy and literacy should be required for a degree.


Created By on 21/04/2021

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Headteacher44
27th Apr 2021 20:38:44
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As a member of the over 60 group I tend towards agreeing with Billythequiche. I wonder today if some people are simply lazy these days and revert to simpiler forms of written communication such as we see in text messages? Is this the 'new language'? What I do know is that all languages continuously evolve. We do not write or speak as they did in the 15th century for example. I guess what becomes 'acceptable' in society also changes, maybe not always for the good. Just my thoughts.
CaroleAH
24th Apr 2021 12:53:22
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I totally agree, Billythequiche and Lionel. If we continue to bring education down to the lowest common denominator so that everyone "succeeds" we are doing our children a severe injustice. It would be interesting to know if other countries do the same.
Lionel
23rd Apr 2021 17:04:50
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Thanks for voting!
If one doesn't have a coherent excuse blame racism, elitism, white supremacy or something else as yet unpublished. Anything but take responsibility for one's own failures.

Yes, I'm old too, and white, and working class and I own a small house ... and ... in fact most things the ignorati love to hate.

Pathetic lot!

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