Apparently teachers will be told to focus on literacy and numeracy, “rather than vague themes such as ‘intercultural understandings’.” I think this is a little bit like reinventing the wheel, but it’s impossible not to approve.
Things like the humble apostrophe are important if we are to maintain standards of literacy.
At least at a spelling bee we’re only asking for correct words, not punctuation. Even though I don’t teach these kids I’m honestly proud of each and every one of them, because I imagine them as saviours of our language for the future. Having worked with people who get “marquee” and “marquis” mixed up, “complimentary” and “complementary”, “court” and “caught”, these kids are already masters of their craft.
Long may they reign, and long may they write right.