The Romney campaign has come in for a lot of ridicule for misspellings in a smart phone app and a Facebook announcement. Campaign officials corrected the offending misspellings as quickly as possible and put the gaffs down to “human error.”
It is true that humans make plenty of errors, but the number of spelling errors that are proliferating in the published materials of people who ought to know better are the fruition of decades of the touchy-feely reading instruction that replaced systematic phonics with word guessing. We now have multitudes of adult readers who were never taught to look carefully at words.
Children who are taught to read with systematic phonics learn to pay attention to details. Children taught with the “whole word” method learn to guess.
Political campaigners aren’t the only ones letting misspelled words slip past them. Educational suppliers are not only printing diplomas with misspelled words on them, but the professional educators and recipients of the diplomas don’t notice.