Your interesting article: ‘Poor literacy spells disaster for job hunters’ struck a chord with me. I work as the Press officer for ‘The Simplified Spelling Society’, an educational reform group set up in 1908 who campaign for spelling reform. The Simplified Spelling Society’s main motivation is to make things easier, and fairer for the 1 in 5 adults in the UK who are considered functionally illiterate.
What is illiteracy though? And isn’t it the system that is at fault in many ways? Knowing ‘they’re’ from ‘their’ is akin to a trick question for some, who despite their lack of ‘i’ before ‘e’ knowledge, are otherwise excellent future employees.
The Simplified Spelling Society has had some illustrious associations. Theodore Roosevelt spearheaded the American campaign in the 20th Century – and suceeded in simplifying things. His White House memos were all sent with simplified spelling. And while some moan about the American spelling of ‘color’ on ‘spell check’, wouldn’t it make things better for future employers if a number of words were simplified?
The Society regularly appear in the media, and their main aim is to promote discussion.
Is there anyone in HR who’d like to join the discussion?