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Rote learning would help our bad spellers

While sympathising with the employer who found job applicants unsuitable, I think the problem goes deeper than the brain drain.

It goes back to the mid-1970s, when pupils were no longer corrected on spelling and grammar mistakes. Is it any wonder that, as a result, many of today's teachers are themselves unable to recognise and correct bad spelling and grammar?

I have heard head teachers say 'I seen', 'I done' and 'I had saw', as well as a teacher who had to ask how to spell 'Dungannon'.

Today's education pundits seem appalled if anyone mentions learning by rote, but in my schooldays far fewer pupils left primary school unable to read, write and count.

We knew school meant work and we accepted that and it didn't make us unhappy, but it did give us a good education.

STELLA WILSON (MRS)

Tandragee, Co Armagh

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