The British 1870 Education Act was passed because "we must educate our masters" following the extension of the franchise. We can hardly say that the masses are educated yet, masters or not. Accuracy in reading is so rare that there is even an accepted theory that reading is a process of reconstructing a text for yourself - fair enough for poetry and literature, but disastrous in the business of the nation.
It is high time to repair English spelling to be a more efficient component of communications technology.
Dr Valerie Yule
57 Waimarie Drive
Mount Waverley, Victoria Australia