There was a time a long-long ago, when there were no computers. There was a time when electric typewriters did not exist. 5-7-2015-1There was a time when the only typewriter available was a manual typewriter. During that time, the only other option was writing.
The electronic age is upon us and now everyone uses computers, or more recently, texting. While this may contribute to a society that is more technically literate, it is also dumbing down a society and generation of younger users in relation to writing. They may be able to use all the texting abbreviated language like “gtg” but can they write a coherent sentence in legible handwriting? DYOR (do your own research).
Will we end up with a generation that is so familiar with texting that it hinders their abilities in the business and career worlds? Will we have a generation that knows how to decipher text message, but for whom cursive or script writing is a DNC (do not compute)? Test it. Write something in script or cursive and see if a third or fourth grader can read it with ease.
There was a time when, because there were no typewriters, it was a requirement to write neatly. Handwriting was an actual class. Papers were graded not only on content, but also on handwriting. Nowadays, there is an attitude of “who cares?”, “it’s good enough”, “if the teacher doesn’t complain I won’t try any harder”. When the standard of good handwriting is taken out of the curriculum, and students know there is not a standard (believe me, they know), they do what most people do…resort to the path of least resistance and the pathway of getting away with as little as possible.
The teachers do not have any authority backing them if they try to ask for a higher standard. Children are very adept with political correctness. They have learned, and from TV, what they do and don’t have to do, and will only put forth the least amount of work. As a matter of fact, it is a badge of honor if they can push forth political correctness and back a teacher in the corner with it. At that moment, they are superior to the teacher in the eyes of their friends who are watching.
These are the realities of life in the school. So, if you want your child to do better, you and your child need to work it out on your own. The temptation for children is to become part of the flowing stream of political correctness that gives students more authority than teachers. It doesn’t work, and probably one day will be reversed. Until then, if you want something better for your child, you need to raise the bar, set the standard, and do more with and for the child.
The system is not going to do it for you.