Spelling is mentioned in the news articles somewhere in the world every few days. The News pages aim to capture these articles as a matter of record and of interest.

Elizabeth Kuizenga

Elizabeth Kuizenga, a long standing member of the Society and of its Committee, died on Christmas Day 2016 after a long battle with cancer. We offer our sincere condolences to all her family. This page is devoted to her memory and in recognition of her major contribution to the cause of spelling reform.

Recent additions

These are usually the newest items by publication date, but items of historic interest are occasionally added.

2018-09-30 — How push to help struggling readers could change instruction for all Kan. Kids Angie Schreiber sees it time and again: dyslexic students failing to learn to read through traditional teaching techniques. More ►

2018-09-24 — 'I before E except after C' is a big, fat lie Our entire education was a lie! More ►

2018-09-22 — However hard, use language with its rules In all former European colonies, all of a newspaper’s editorial personnel are forced to use a language imposed on the given country’s elite by the buccaneers of the colonising European tribe. More ►

2018-09-21 — Why does English have so many different spelling rules? This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. More ►

2018-09-18 — Merriam-Webster adds new words that'll make English teachers cringe (but you'll be perfectly fine with them) No need to study this month to increase your vocabulary. More ►

2018-09-18 — The Small Clue That Meghan Markle Has Officially Embraced British Life We see that extra 'u' in there Duchess. More ►

2018-09-10 — Hard Words Why aren't kids being taught to read? More ►

2018-09-07 — Quirks of Canadian spelling In a class for a university fiction writing course in England, a fellow student, also a flatmate, noticed quirks in my spelling in a workshop submission. More ►

2018-09-07 — Kate Winslet warns of 'shame' of illiteracy Kate Winslet says living without being able to read and write is like a "life in hiding" More ►

2018-08-30 — Smoothing out English spelling On August 27, 1905, The Worcester Evening Gazette loudly declared a rupture with President Theodore Roosevelt. More ►

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How to use the News archives

Articles are presented as year archives of summaries, in reverse chronological order (ie latest first). Each summary ends with a citation which links to the original full article. Links to the year archives are given below. The number in parentheses is the summary count for that archive.

You can also use a citation to link directly to a specific summary in a year archive. For example, the following link takes you directly to Readable English system a boost for foreign students and opens it in a new window:

http://spellingsociety.org/news-archive-2016#[The_Australian, 2016-03-19]

Note that articles dated before 2010 are bundled into one page, and links must be modified accordingly.

The Society cannot guarantee that the original articles are still available. Some articles are behind pay walls or are available only by subscripton. The Society is not responsible for this and cannot help you if you have difficulty accessing the article. Dead links are another matter: please report any dead links to the page editor.

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