A prominent academic thinks children don’t need to learn basic spelling and grammar because their phones and computers can correct their errors for them, according to The Daily Mail.
Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, thinks students no longer need to rely on grammar rules because these rules aren’t relevant the way they were a hundred years ago. Though one could make the argument that what was the point of teaching grammar a hundred years ago when your child would probably just die of typhoid anyway?
“Professor Mitra said that pupils should be encouraged not to rely on linguistic rules but to try and express themselves in new ways such as using mobile phone text messaging,” the article reports.
It’s not exactly assuring to know that the next great novel might be composed entirely of language stolen from a 12-year-old girl’s instant message log. Soon our kids won’t need to learn anything at all. The robots we implant in their brains can do the hard work for them, leaving more time to watch reality shows and YouTube videos of extremely dramatic chipmunks.
The article also notes that Mitra is the recipient of a $1 million TED Prize to create “cloud schools.” Or ask Mitra might refer to them, “clod skoolz.”
Looks like the future’s so bright, we gotta wear Google Glasses.