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If the creators of Family Feud were to ask 100 people for the first word that comes to mind when they hear the name Dan Quayle chances are good that the number one most common response would be potato Dan Quayle however was neither Idaho potato farmer nor Irish potato famine victim he actually served as vice president under George H W Bush Unfortunately for Mr Quayle his infamy comes not from his tenure as vice president or from any major political successes but rather from of one of the most well known spelling flubs of modern American times when he corrected a 12-year-olds spelling of the word potato citing the correct spelling as p-o-t-a-t-o-e The incident has become such a part of his legacy that Quayle even devotes a whole chapter of his autobiography to itWhy has this trivial potato story gained so much attention The answer is that Americans love to laugh at spelling errors Last summer a torchbearer for the London Olympics made headlines for the misspelling of Oylmpic on a new tattoo she got to commemorate the occasion Then during election season Mitt Romneys campaign drew attention for the spelling of Amercia on an iPhone app developed for his supporters The attention to spelling is not only limited to the negative though The nationally televised annual spelling bee has become quite the cultural phenomenon garnering over 1 million views last year and inspiring stories like the box-office hit Akeelah and The Bee In an era of spell check and autocorrect however many people are left wondering the same question why teach spelling It is a question mirrored in similar arguments regarding the use of technology in the classroom such as Why teach basic math when there are calculators that can compute the answers or Why teach cursive when most writing is done electronically There is a plethora of possible answers to this spelling question but the fact is that spelling
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