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Professor Sugata Mitra on teaching spelling and grammar: Phones have made it unnecessary

By staff and wire services reports
August 6th, 2013

Well, this is an opinion you don’t often hear in the education world, The Huffington Post reports. Acclaimed professor and educational researcher Sugata Mitra suggested in an interview with British education magazine TES that he no longer thinks it’s entirely necessary for kids to learn spelling and grammar. He credits the proliferation of new technologies, such as the “autocorrect” feature on mobile phones, for phasing out such curricula. “Firstly, my phone corrects my spelling so I don’t really need to think about it and, secondly, because I often skip grammar and write in a cryptic way,” Mitra told the magazine last week…

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