June 24, 2029—The British government has advised elementary schools to stop teaching any rules of spelling to students, arguing that there are too many exceptions.
A 110-page National Strategies document titled “Scrap Spelling” includes a plethora of advice for teachers working with young children, but says spelling is just not worth the effort anymore.
“For every English spelling rule one teaches, there is at least one exception, and often many,” the document states. “And children really no longer need to know how to spell, since all their writing is done on electronic devices that have spell check.”
British education leaders have been scaling back academic requirements for the last 20 years, starting with the 2009 decision to drop the “i before e, except after c” spelling rule from school instruction. This newest step largely eliminates all forms of reading and writing in British elementary schools. The schools in 2022 eliminated basic reading from its curriculum, allowing students to simply download stories directly to their brains. They can also now use voice-to-text speech for writing assignments.