Daily, I feel torn between spending time on grammar, usage, mechanics and spelling (Do you still employ the Oxford comma? Who cares, really, if the meaning is unchanged?) and higher order thinking skills that teach students how to see relationships between ideas that our society tends to put in boxes. Before the vanguard gets all riled up, know that I am a silent Grammar Sergeant, correcting in my head (and occasionally aloud) the mistakes I see by the hundreds online, in the newspaper which I still read daily - on newsprint, and even in magazines. Don't get me started on the sad state of grammar and spelling in the retail industry. I am in a sea of shifting sands and am seeking a lighthouse that does not yet exist.
Spelling reform is an ongoing process controlled by the linguists and lexicographers of higher education and publishing houses. Germany instituted spelling reform in 1996, with final modifications in 2006. France, Belgium and Quebec adopted changes to 2,000+ words and grammar rules in 2012. In the English-speaking world, however, formal modifications to address the influx of "abbrevs" and txt/IM/140 character messages are non-existent. I did find a few proponents who are in favor of simplifying our archaic system. I have found one of the erudite who agrees: The Case for Spelling Reform.
Another example is the formal business letter. Access to the internet has made "To whom it may concern:" completely irrelevant. Via the internet, the letter writer can find the person and title to whom any business letter should be addressed. In fact, there is no true agreement any longer on the form of a business letter. Who is the expert on this one: Strunk & White or LinkedIn?