I saw on last night's news that Oregon is going to allow students to use spell checkers on exams. I suppose this will bring on a loud protest from the Luddites about the end of the education system. The truth is that, even with checkers, most people won't use them or, if they do will not know if there, their or they're spelled word is correct. For years I dealt with those who thought that using calculators would spell the end of mathematic. While I agree 100% with their use, it created a problem in that students believed the numbers that came out of the machine even if they made no sense whatsoever with the data entered. I suspect these spell checkers are going to require a change in what students are taught just as the calculator has for the teaching of mathematics--while they are going to make things easier to get correct and understand you're still going to have to know basic spelling/grammar to make them work.