@henriettami put this post together:
"I was really interested to read a blog post by The Principal last week where among other things he questioned whether spelling should be taught anymore. If you have yet to read this I suggest you do so, as it raises many interesting points. While I believe that his aim was to encourage discourse on the subject, many people commented and these too, make for interesting reading.
The Principal would argue that teaching spelling is a waste of our valuable time. I beg to differ."
This post and report is also of interest. Is texting valuable or vandalism.
I am with Henrietta 100%. In primary school, the systematic and explicit teaching of spelling is a key component of effective literacy teaching.
This systematic and explicit approach must be continued into high school and be a core responsibility of every subject teacher with vocabulary specific to the learning in the subject.
In NSW, this is a syllabus and Department of Education requirement.