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#1
I'm a senior in highschool, and I have classes with seniors, and they still don't know how to read words with more than 2 syllables. And they can't spell worth a shit either. Does anyone else have experience with this? I always found it easy to spell and read (maybe it's because I spent a lot of time on the internet), but other people seem to have difficulty with it.

This girl in my English 4 class today was reading something for vocabulary, and she couldn't read the word "Deniable" (no, that wasn't the vocabulary word). And another person thought a Con-Artist was a convict.

idk, maybe this is a blog, I can't tell. I'm still asking if other people have experience with this or if it's just dat Louisiana edumacation.

Also, every time someone has to read something to the class, and they come across a slightly long word, they just try to say it, but they say it really slow and they sound like they're mispronouncing it on purpose to look cool I guess. Like, I'm talking any word longer than Giraffe.
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#3
Nope, it's quite common here in England. Chavs and dyslexics. I still know people who say aMiNals and pronounce 'know' as now...
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Learning disabilities, non-interest in reading, and/or general apathy.
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Because their are alot of stupid people, in the world. Not just Americans,


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Because they're stupid in the head.
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Because their are alot of stupid people, in the world. Not just Americans,


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You missed all the other grammatical and spelling errors


That's the one that annoys me the most
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#13
There's certainly a lot of people who can't read and write well around where I am/of my age group. Maybe there's something wrong with me.

I once used the word "deteriorate" in a sentence. Confused stares followed.
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Education in the USA is either terrible, or maybe it was just the people you encountered.
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#16
forget reading. Some girl in my math class didn't know how to answer: 27-(4-2). I'm stupid in math and THAT is saying something. and some other girl last year aregued with the teacher tht 3x7 was 22 not 21 -_-
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Nope, it's quite common here in England. Chavs and dyslexics. I still know people who say aMiNals and pronounce 'know' as now...



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Learning disabilities, non-interest in reading, and/or general apathy.


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Education in the USA is either terrible, or maybe it was just the people you encountered.

Compared to many other nations it's lacking. That said though, we have one of the highest percentages of internet use/access, so supplementing an average public education should be simple. People just don't care enough. Reading is awesome, it's their loss really.
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They would rather watch Jersey Shore and Big Brother so they can learn to be model citizens instead.
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#23
As an English teacher I know the answer to this.

It's partly bad teaching and partly because English is a tricky language. There are words that sound nothing like they are written, and children often find that difficult.
#24
I find punctuation to be far more difficult than spelling. Also I am Dutch not English.
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As an English teacher I know the answer to this.

It's partly bad teaching and partly because English is a tricky language. There are words that sound nothing like they are written, and children often find that difficult.

I agree, but these aren't children anymore. They've had just as much time to learn the language as those who can write and interpret it well. Regardless of the complexities of the English language, 16 years of learning it as your first language should be more than sufficient to grasp it.
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Ive been surprised by how little people know about the world. i mean in my geography class, an A level geography class, there is a girl who doesnt know where Africa is, and thought South America was just Brazil. She even thought the isle of man was a river because an aisle in a supermarket is long and straight, sort of like a river. She also refused to believe that people with boats did not exist alongside the dinosaurs.
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I agree, but these aren't children anymore. They've had just as much time to learn the language as those who can write and interpret it well. Regardless of the complexities of the English language, 16 years of learning it as your first language should be more than sufficient to grasp it.


16 years of learning? They were 23? I thought they were in secondary school still.

You don't learn to spell just by speaking, it is something trained professionals teach you, which starts when you begin school.

And you are completely wrong that that is enough time to grasp it. It absolutely isn't, and 16 year olds are still children as far as the education system is concerned.
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The US has become more centered around entertainment and dumbing people down so they don't have to think, therefore the emphasis on basic skills like reading and spelling goes down the the shitpipes after about 4th or 5th grade.
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You don't learn to spell just by speaking, it is something trained professionals teach you, which starts when you begin school.

I'm not trying to challenge your experience here, but I don't remember ever being taught how to spell by trained professionals. I was just expected to be able to correctly spell every word that I would use in written text. Teachers would correct my mistakes in the earlier years, but not when I was 16. By that age, you're expected to be able to spell, unless you only recently started learning english.

Maybe it's different in the UK.
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I'm not trying to challenge your experience here, but I don't remember ever being taught how to spell by trained professionals. I was just expected to be able to correctly spell every word that I would use in written text.

Maybe it's different in the UK.

Teachers are trained professionals.

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16 years of learning? They were 23? I thought they were in secondary school still.

16+5=21
#32
Besides stupidity, how about the ignorance of people today? Just today in my college public speaking course, a sophomore said "Killing Osama Bin Laden is the single greatest accomplishment in America's history." Not as a troll, not as a devil's advocate, he said this 100% believing it to be fact.
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Because their are alot of stupid people, in the world. Not just Americans,


It's mostly Americans though dude.
Americans don't notice it because they are too busy thinking that America is the best country in the world and everyone else is inferior to them.
#34
typing not yoor goud bit no? some other girl last year aregued with the teacher tht , try a school in Louisiana
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I'm not trying to challenge your experience here, but I don't remember ever being taught how to spell by trained professionals. I was just expected to be able to correctly spell every word that I would use in written text.

Maybe it's different in the UK.


Was this English? I have this idea you have some kind of experience of living or speaking in Russian.

It is different in the UK, yes. Children are taught to spell. We have weekly spelling tests, primary schools are incredibly focused on teaching children to spell, and throughout secondary school incorrect spellings are noted and children are expected to correct it in the future. Most schools provide students with a small "spelling book" for words they consistently get wrong.

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Teachers are trained professionals.


16+5=21


I thought you 'Merikans started school at 7?

My mistake if not.
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16 years of learning? They were 23? I thought they were in secondary school still.

You don't learn to spell just by speaking, it is something trained professionals teach you, which starts when you begin school.

And you are completely wrong that that is enough time to grasp it. It absolutely isn't, and 16 year olds are still children as far as the education system is concerned.

I was thinking more like 17-18 because it was seniors in high school. I was counting having your parents read with you at a young age, which is also something that is lacking in a lot of cases. But when I say grasp the language, I don't mean be able to read and write every complex word and such, I'm referring to TS's situation in which they can't even read the word deniable. That is not an advanced word. Students are quite capable of understanding spelling and grammar of that level and many of them do, which is why it is ridiculous that so many struggle with even that.
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I thought you 'Merikans started school at 7?

My mistake if not.

Nope, 5. Sometimes even 4.

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It's mostly Americans though dude.
Americans don't notice it because they are too busy thinking that America is the best country in the world and everyone else is inferior to them.

You're a xenophobic moron.
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TS y yu Brag boot english skillz?!


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Was this English? I have this idea you have some kind of experience of living or speaking in Russian.

It is different in the UK, yes. Children are taught to spell. We have weekly spelling tests, primary schools are incredibly focused on teaching children to spell, and throughout secondary school incorrect spellings are noted and children are expected to correct it in the future. Most schools provide students with a small "spelling book" for words they consistently get wrong.


I thought you 'Merikans started school at 7?

My mistake if not.

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