Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s trying to figure out how important “i before e except after c” is to our education system.When we were growing up, spelling tests were a weekly chore. Yet, to this day, we won’t forget how to spell piece and receive because of a little jingle in our head, although, on occasion, our readers will catch us on a spelling error.But we try, we promise, which is more than you can say for our allies to the east, who prefer to be called Great Britain and not England. (Who wouldn’t, right? And this begs the question on why our Founding Fathers didn’t name the upper–east coast “Greater Britain” instead of “New England.” That would have really ticked off the Red Coats).Great Britain, however, has decided to forget all about teaching spelling to their youth.As reports the News Telegraph, examiners marking an English test taken by 600,000 14-year-olds have been told not to deduct marks for incorrect spelling on the main writing paper, which is worth nearly a third of the overall marks.And this seems to tweak our “traditionalist” side, which wretches in disgust over the thought of 600,000 people venturing into the world ready to send us advertisements that promise a refund, but you “Must show reciept.”If there’s anyone who’s wondering if their kids, perhaps, don’t need as much training as ours, it seems that you’re far too optimistic. In last year’s test, each pupil averaged two bad marks for spelling. The typical mistakes included “beautifull, basicly, rember and occationally.”And, to really tie this into Generation Y (or are we already to Z?), the conservative education spokesman said, “Teaching spelling and good grammar is even more important in an era when children’s ability to master it is threatened by the prominence of text messaging.” With that much technology, their poor spelling could infect the world.***Summit Daily reader and author Jim Ryan (“Kiss the First Lady Goodnight,” Port Town, 2003), writes a note about a soldier wanting to come hang out in Summit County.”When I attended my daughter’s college graduation in Florida two weeks ago, I learned that my daughter’s roommate has a husband in Iraq, serving as an Army Ranger. The roommate tells me her husband is nuts about snowboarding, talks about it all the time (via e-mail) and wants to visit Copper/Summit County when he comes home.”I wonder if you could pass the below information to your readers. If anyone has any snowboard swag or items of interest that they could stick in an envelope or package, I’m sure he’d love to receive it (he is a medium shirt). “From what I understand, his physical surroundings in Iraq are quite bleak (he is in a combat zone), and this might be something that would cheer him up. “The below address is for U.S. mail, and only charges US domestic rates. I have also included his e-mail address if any of your readers want to pass along “snow stories.”Send it to: Lt. Miker, Andrew C., 3rd PLT, A Co., 3-15 IN, 2nd BDE, 3 IDAPO AE, 09380E-mail: email@example.com (it is case sensitive, so make sure it is all lower case).***And, after a long drought, we have a Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! going out to whoever broke into Adam Widell’s 1994 black Volkswagen Jetta. It was broken into a few nights ago, and some low-life stole a Camelback full of “good stuff,” a work phone he’s responsible for, and a mini-disc player.If anyone knows anything about this, call Adam at (970) 668-0995. And may the thief have a change of heart, or be penalized with a thousand telemarketers.***It’s Wednesday, and our band name of the day is “Buzzsaw Clementine.” Leave us a voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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