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CINCINNATI -- Curricula in schools across the country are changing -- causing spelling to be less important in the classroom.

Teachers are claiming they will no longer be teaching spelling in schools because it takes up valuable teaching time.

Bloggers and researchers have debated online about whether this change is for the better.

“Spelling is important not only because the inability to spell correctly is embarrassing and potentially career-limiting but also because, taught correctly, spelling lessons help to expand literacy,” wrote one online blogger.

Spelling is an integral part of language as a whole. Some fear that the disappearance of spelling classes will lower literacy levels and communication abilities.

“If it’s a term paper or a resume, or an email for a potential job, that’s one of the ways you’re evaluated, is by your spelling and by your knowledge of vocabulary,” said Chris Kemper, spokesperson for Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The advancement of technology has led to the continuous practice of “Googling” -- making it so if you don't know something, you no longer have to pick up a book or manually do any research. We also use spell check instead of learning the proper way to spell something – and none of this is frowned upon.

Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts being adopted in Cincinnati states no mention of spelling. Could this affect your child’s future? If spelling isn't required without technology, will classrooms soon go completely digital? 

Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page as to whether you think spelling skills are needed anymore.

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