Ken Smith of Bucks New University says the most common mistakes should be accepted as "variant spellings".
Mr Smith, a criminology lecturer, said: "Instead of complaining about the state of the education system as we correct the same mistakes year after year, I've got a better idea.
"University teachers should simply accept as variant spellings those words our students most commonly misspell.
I wonder if he also thinks that shoplifting and underage drinking should also just be accepted as variant lifestyle choices? He IS a criminology lecturer, after all... and we should just accept those minor criminal things our students most commonly get in trouble for, right?