The Times reports that a leading academic will claim this week that children are being held back at school because they are forced to memorise irregular spellings and learn how to use the apostrophe. John Wells, Emeritus Professor of Phonetics at University College London and president of the Spelling Society, will use the society’s centenary dinner this week to call for a “freeing up” of English spelling.
He says, ‘“The teaching of literacy in schools is a major worry. It seems highly likely that one of the reasons Britain and other English-speaking countries have problems with literacy is because of our spelling and the burden it places on children…’
Sounds good to me!