Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Don’t suffer over your spelling

A curious article in the Journal of Reading, November 1982, page 168.

“From what I understand, spelling ability correlates with nothing – not with intelligence, not with verbal ability, not with age (after childhood), not with eye color, left-handedness, cyclothymia, blood type, structure boundedness, authoritarian impulses, sex, race, religion, national origin, or any other measure the testers can develop. Some people spell well, some people don’t, and that’s all there is to it. If by the time you’re twelve or thirteen you don’t spell well, you probably never will, and you should plan your life accordingly.”

From A Handbook for Scholars by Mary-Claire van Leunen, p. 27. 1978 Reprinted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

The editors of the INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION’s publication, Journal of Reading, published this excerpt with no comment! We at AVKO are speechless.

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