Breaking Microsoft Word (or at least spell check)?

March 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

So, with TAKS testing coming up tomorrow, we’ve been asked to help disable spell check on a bunch of computers. Of course, this request came Friday, the test is tomorrow. Planning ahead, anyone?

So Friday, we frantically searched for a solution and found several suggestions – for Word 2003. That doesn’t help the large number of our campuses that are already on Word 2007. We’ve tried it all…right down to changing the name of the executable, so they don’t even have Word as an option, which Office then fixes on its own, admin privileges or not.

Has anyone else come across this problem?

Here’s my bigger beef with this: Why are we disabling spell check in the first place? Don’t we allow kids to use calculators on the Math test? Then why not allow them to use spell check? Why is it cheating if they use a tool that is so completely integrated that even Firefox spell checks when you fill out forms?

Why does it take education so long to catch up to the rest of the world?

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