Is spelling the bee-all and end-all of the HSC?

By Dan Dixon
Updated July 1 2021 - 2:36pm, first published February 11 2021 - 6:25pm
Unsurprisingly, the mechanics of writing have become the latest cudgel to be wielded in the culture wars. Picture: Shutterstock

The news this week that NSW students aren't being penalised for spelling errors in HSC English exams was received - and reported - in some quarters with all the panic and sensationalism you might expect.