Are kids taught how to spell anymore, or do they just rely on spell check?
Children are still taught how to spell! A lot of schools also disable spell check on their computers so children don't cheat.But it's easy to get into poor spelling habits as you get older and are producing work on computers more and more with spell check and auto correct covering for you!
My fourth-grader son is taught spelling and has spelling tests every week. It seems like an important part of the curriculum, at least in elementary school.