When we two parted
In silence and tears,
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Sir Winston Churchill
You're beautiful, it's true.
All three of the above were pupils at English public school, Harrow.
No-one can doubt their mastery of the English language.
But now Harrow, frankly disappointed with the atrocious standard of spelling amongst its pupils, is to give all its new A-level students a simple literacy test. Any pupil who fails will have to take extra classes in his own time until he is a master of basic spelling and grammar.
In a survey carried out for Geoff Polls, would you believe that 90% of 16 year old boys at Harrow could not spell a simple word like "privilege"?
And that 99% of these kids did not know the correct definition of the same word?
It truly beggars belief.
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