Spelling Stymies English-Speaking Kids
English may be the world’s most irregularly spelled language, requiring abilities that most children don’t develop until the middle or latter part of elementary school, according to researchers. While kids are forced to memorize the spellings of thousands of words, they struggle with unrealistic expectations to master “reading levels” — dooming many to give up before they achieve a high literacy level. Large-scale spelling reform hasn’t taken off, but one proposed solution is “tidying” up the 2,828 most-common irregularly spelled words. Never mind the effect on Scrabble.