Posted: 14/03/2013 at 07:46
Well, what a lot of interesting and entertaining stuff since I last looked!!!
Highland Jeannie, I just lerrrrve the poem! Never seen the point so well made!
To return the spelling for a moment, the fault (as Palaisglide has pointed out) is not with the schools so much as with the education system and the way it is run. Methods of teaching come into fashion, every teacher has to follow them or else - then they are exposed for their weaknesses and replaced. In the meantime, teachers have to do things against their better judgement and children suffer.
Burt here's another point - there are actually five hours of actual lessons every day. If you have lots of subjects on the national curriculum, each has to be given time and the time given to traditional subjects like English and maths is squeezed. There is general rejoicing because gardening now has to be taught at all schools. Which subjects will lose time for it? Something will have to give. I'm not against teaching gardening at all - just pointing out the realities.
I was taught spelling the traditional way and found it easy anyway (unlike maths) but my son was taught by methods that regarded creativity and oral ability as more important. He has degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge and is still frustrated by the fact that he cannot spell or punctuate as well as he should.
This is such a long post that I'll post again about the other topics!!!