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Ho-hum. Again, huh? Will they ever learn?
There have been successful spelling reforms (in Russian, in French, and in Turkish, for example). There have also been failed spelling reforms, in German most recently.
The last successful spelling reform in English was promulgated by a certain N. Webster, of Massachusetts, although many, on both sides of the pond, have tried repeatedly since.
What the successful attempts have in common is that they preserve the information contained in the original orthography. Changes are small and subtle and do not discard etymological clues. What the crackpot schemes have in common is precisely that they discard all etymological coding in favor of phonological coding.
Some people spell well. Some people don’t. Part of it is early training. Part of it, I’m convinced, is genetic. But throwing out the baby with the bathwater is not going to help anyone spell better. Have trouble spelling? Learn to use a dictionary. Harrumph!