This is the reason we have such poor literacy levels amongst young people……..

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Stop teaching children how to spell because smartphones can do it for them, says academic in attack on traditional teaching.

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.

Obsolete: A university professor has said that there is no place in schools for spelling and grammar lessons

Professor Mitra said that pupils should be encouraged not to rely on linguistic rules but to try and express themselves in new ways such as using mobile phone text messaging.

The professor spoke out as the Government introduces a drive aimed at improving educational standards that will see pupils tested on spelling 200 complex words by the end of primary school.

Alternative: Professor Mitra has said that youngsters should be encouraged to communicate in other ways such as via text messagingProfessor Mitra has said that youngsters should be encouraged…

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  1. […] Children from deprived backgrounds do worse (there’s no escaping the link between socio-economic group and achievement). For example children on free school meals are twice as likely not to make the grade than other children. Some people blame children’s over-reliance on smart phones and the internet. […]

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