I hate to nit - pick over spelling, but i can't help but laugh at the spelling mistakes made by people nit picking other people's spelling...
Re: Is good spelling an important attribute of effective social workers?"To me, being a more mature person I tend to think of poor spelling and grammar as indicating a lack of intelligenge (just being honest here!) but if it is not to do with intelligence might it be to do with the ability to notice detail. Surely that is an important skill in social work. I am concerned that the person who is to make complex decisions for my elderly relative has not noticed that you're is not the same as your."
"Good grief, is your college actively seeking dyslexics? About 10 per cent of the UK population have dyslexia with only about 4 per cent being severely affected. Does social work have a disproportionate number or are some people lazy and thick but call themeslves dyslexic so that they can get away with it?
Are there courses or technologies that can help people improve their skills?
I'm with the snobs on this one, poor spelling is embarrasing and gets on my nerves."
"I will not apologiise for making assumptions about the writer from the way reports are written, thisd is what everybody else that reads them will do. As an example if someone puts a lot of latin phrases into a report you could assume that they had classical education, or that they are a bit of a poser, but that would still be an assumption. Do we not need to analyse why whenever the issue of badly written reports is raised in social wokwrk forums we end up discussing dyslexia?"