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.
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.
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