At leest privut skool teechas is betterer spellas

Cartoon by Bill Leak.

As the old saying goes, those who can, do; those who can?t, teach. Apparently that includes those who can?t spell. Even elite private schools should hang their heads in shame. Quote:

School principals and teachers deserve an F for making a slew of spelling mistakes in newsletters and official communications.

Despite the ubiquity of spell check programs, public school newsletters riddled with glaring errors are being sent out to parents. End of quote.

Well, at least those parents who shell out megabucks for the natty uniforms at expensive private schools can rest assured that they’re getting their money’s worth. Quote:

Private schools are little better, with elite schools ?including Knox Grammar, Presbyterian Ladies College and Loreto Normanhurst littering their websites with misspellings.

Knox Grammar which charges up to $31,170 for tuition wrote in its newsletter about a succesful (sic) team; Loreto Kirribilli charges parents up to $22,260 and referred to the lollypop, rather than lollipop, lady; while Presbyterian Ladies College which charges up to $34,080 wrote about its fourty (sic) six gymnasts.

Drummoyne Public School told parents about events that have occured (sic), Peakhurst High School wrote about knowlege ?instead of knowledge, while Winston Hills Public School misspelt calendar as calender more than once. End of quote.

Schools and teacher unions are continually demanding more and more of our hard-earned taxes. Yet governments spend more and more every year, even as standards continue to slip. Quote:

NSW NAPLAN results for spelling last year dropped a full percentage point, with 91.2 per cent of Year 9 students reaching the minimum standard.

Educational and Developmental Psychologist Dr Rose Cantali said it was ?important schools got the basics right because children needed to respect their schools and teachers. End of quote.

But they are getting the basics right ? as far as the overwhelmingly left-wing teaching profession is concerned. Who cares if kids can?t spell or do basic maths, just so long as they know all about penis tucking and who?s got two dads and three mums, and are thoroughly convinced that the world is about to end from climate change? Quote:

Education expert Prof Kevin Donnelly said some schools could not spell because they were staffed by a generation of teachers who were not taught properly when they were at school.

?Many of today?s teachers went through an education system where grammar, spelling, and punctuation wasn?t a focus and it has gotten worse ?because of the new technology,? he said. ?I have heard of examples even worse ? when teachers write reports they have to have them ?edited (by a professional sub-editor) because there are too many mistakes.? End of quote.

It?s hardly surprising: Quote:

Students who leave high school with the lowest scores ? some close to zero ? are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found?in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees. End of quote.

Teaching was once a respected profession. If teachers are going to demand respect ? and more money ? then Australians are right to demand better than speling wot ain?t no gud.