Orthographic re-education

Dalrymple’s objection to language reform is that

it would enable the education bureaucracy for a time to disguise or even to hide entirely its failure*.

Changes to the French language — simplification of grammar and spelling — would not be the last. Any large bureaucracy, Dalrymple points out,

will adopt any reform that covers up its incompetence, revelation of which might threaten its existence.

*Some teachers of French have argued that use of the past participle should be simplified. The rules are quite complex and demand knowledge of formal grammar. The proposed reform would cut down on mistakes by pupils in their dictation considerably.
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