First, as an educator, I have lived through the 60s. (I miss it too.)
Unfortunately, I had to work and missed out
on the fun of rejecting the establishment and living free as a bird.
Second, I have taught high school art for over 20 years. Bad spelling has
sometimes been found on the board coming out of ME. Since I am not a good
speller, I tell the kids I was an A+ Math student, an A+ Art student, and
a B+ English student. The reason? Gosh, I guess spelling did not stick in
my brain very well. I, however, worked extra hard learning it because I
personally felt it indicated my educational background, and said something
about me to the rest of the world. Its so hard to impress someone with an
algebra problem today. Try it sometime. College was easier for me because
I could actually write a little. The A's in English were fast in coming
after high school. Tells you a lot about my high school. Good teachers
and a good foundation! (Yes, I know I left out verbs.)
Now, as an adult, should I consider spelling not important because I don't
count it as one of my gifts? This would certainly get my students off the
hook from spelling the names of the colors correctly?
Sorry, how you communicate to others MATTERS. I do my best to spell
correctly. Why? Because you
never get a second chance to make a first impression.
WE HAVE A WHOLE GENERATION OF AMERICANS WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SPELLING AND
DON'T CARE. I find it disturbing that we wish to encourage poor writing
habits in the 90s with adults. What are we saying to each other and to our
kids? Well, if I CAN figure out what you wrote in 10 minutes and it has
content that comes close to what I asked for, it will be okay. AFTER ALL,
I AM ONLY AN ART TEACHER,
AND YOU ARE BEING CREATIVE IN YOUR USE OF LANGUAGE. DAH!!
If you received a letter full of spelling errors from a firm soliciting
your business, would you want to send them money to buy their product? If
they don't care, why in the world would you? Would you wonder how
successful they were? I sure would.
Well if you have read this far, now you can dump this "tome" in the trash.
I feel so much better now. The medication just kicked in.