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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.
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.
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