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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The end of spelling as we know it

From Newser:
You can stop studying those dictionaries, prospective journalism students at UNC, because the school has finally acknowledged the existence of spell check. The University of North Carolina school of journalism has officially retired the spelling portion of the spelling and grammar test all students must take, reports the Daily Tar Heel (as spotted by Jim Romenesko's blog). It's the first change to the test since the 1970s. 

"What we’re trying to do is just make the exam more relevant for today’s journalism and mass communication students," a senior associate dean said. In place of the spelling section, the school will substitute a word usage section designed to emphasize mistakes computers are less adept at catching. "Spell check can tell you whether 'their' is spelled correctly, but not if it's the right word," one associate professor explained.

For the love of all things holy. I'm not saying that college should have spelling tests but is it really that much of a stretch to see how well journalism students can spell. Let's be realistic, if they got rid of spelling in like elementary school because of all the little rich fucks running around with iPhones we will be a race of retards.

I mean shit people do still write by fucking hand and need to know how to spell shit. For fuck's sake a journalist that doesn't write by hand in a notebook or something is a full-on clown anyway. What are they teaching down at UNC? Blogging 101, no need for spelling or evin noing enlische. I mean it's only a top public school in the nation. Can't spell? No biggie.

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