There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that education standards may be slipping. Do we care?
Does it matter that many people use ‘practice’ instead of ‘practise’, or that they say ‘would of’ instead of ‘would have’? If so many people don’t even notice common spelling errors, should we just not worry about it?
One problem with such a lackadaisical approach to falling standards is that we end up with less educated people working as teachers – the people we rely on to ensure our kids are able to read and write.
The National Governors’ Association said in January that schools in England now find it hard to recruit senior staff because of the poor standard of literacy in job applications. The NGA told the BBC, “Applications for head teacher posts are sometimes littered with basic grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, according to the association.”
Embarrassing spelling errors may be caused by literacy failings, but they may also be caused by a lack of attention to detail. Consider these examples – signs whose creators needed to do a little proof reading.
20 MINUITES PARKING
Steve Buckley of Cambridge photographed this worker who had turned up to paint a sign on the road at an NCP car park. Steve thought the worker was there to correct the spelling mistake in the word ‘minuite’ but in fact he just painted it a brighter yellow. The letter I was later painted over in black paint.
Antiques sign fail.
Mind the BMUP. I said mind the BMUP… No, the… Oh, too late.
It is illegal to not proof read signs.
Yeah, this guy. Great in a debate. Or not.
School’s out. Who needs spelling?
Lewis County proudly bursts its own bubble.
Is this massager distressing? Surely it is designed to be de-stressing.
Exclusive disabled toilet for elderly pregnant kids.