Does the proliferation of spellcheckers and autocorrect make learning to spell irrelevant?

Honestly, I think that’s the wrong question to be asking. I used to be an absolutely garbage-ass speller, for example, and no amount of worksheets or drills or “edutainment games” or whatever helped. The only thing that did? Word introducing the first squiggly-red-line-as-you-type spellchecker. That turned spelling into a kind of personal, no-stakes game for me; I’d feel good if I “beat” the spellchecker by remembering the correct spelling for a tricky word, but there were also no consequences if I didn’t (well, the “consequence” was a I got another look at the correct spelling to try and get it right for next time). I probably wouldn’t even really remember this apart from the fact it was apparently such A Big Deal at the time that my parents remember it and will happily tell this story to other Olds who whinge about Kids These Days Can’t Spell.

And this was, like, back in the 90s or whatever, so… nothing new under the monitor’s glare, and all that.