Does proper spelling really matter?

In the Bigger Picture

One day, your child will be applying for jobs. He or she will submit resumes. He or she will wait with bated breath to be called for interviews.

The odds of those calls coming in decrease dramatically when HR gets to the part about "Job Experiance" [source: Toppo].

As adults, our spelling affects the perception of our intelligence and credibility. Fair or not, many people in the professional world are going to toss that resume aside without even finding out what your child's "job experiance" entails. To people looking to hire someone smart and detail-oriented, to people reading and grading college essays, to people deciding whether or not to take a serious blog post seriously, spelling counts.

One need only consider the popularity -- no, the indispensability of spell check for proof that spelling still matters. So why put in the effort if the computer can do it for you? Mostly because a computer sees nothing wrong with "ensuring her for 500,000 bucks" and "eating everything accept the apple."

No matter how brilliant, those who skipped second-grade spelling and depend entirely on software to get it right might end up passed over when their prospective employers see they graduated "summa cum loud," especially if the next person down graduated "summa cum laude."

A big spelling-bee win under "Honors" could make up for that, though -- more reason to give equal weight to those second-grade spelling lists.

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