In an age where we LOL and ROFL, where we transmit through Siri and Alexa instead of typing, where auto-correct both fixes and generates errors in our written work, we have to wonder: Can anyone spell anymore, and does it even matter?
First, it’s hard to tell whether spelling abilities have declined, partly because it’s not usually tested anymore in a way we can isolate and track.
We certainly aren’t teaching spelling in schools the way we once were, partly because of national Common Core standards released in 2010.
I think this is a fascinating question. My wife and I disagree on whether or not spelling should matter to our 13-year-old. What do you think?