Ah, folks, this week all I can do is shake my head. Not in assent but in disbelief and maybe even a little shame. What I'm about to discuss may offend some and enrage others. Whatever your feelings are, I'm game for an intense debate. How about you?
Now, let's get down to it. I can't take full credit for this post as it took reading posts by two authors that made me think of it. Edie Ramer blogged about how a school near Boston has removed ALL books from their library. In it's place...a virtual library with a coffee shop. She went on to say that the article stated that only 48 books were checked out the previous year. And then...our very own Beth posted that apparently cursive writing is a fading skill.
Reading these two things really angered me. Angered me so much that I started thinking about all the other "problems" occurring as a result of the times. Such as the fact that many people cannot communicate verbally anymore. They can't make eye contact. They can't call and order a freakin' pizza. They can't spell because EVERYTHING is a flippin' abbreviation these days. They can't write a check or go to the bank and make a deposit. Because they don't know how!!!! They can't apologize for any wrong they've made because they're too busy talking/texting on their cell phone to notice that they've slighted someone. Please, thank you, excuse me...ALL phrases from the past. I can't remember the last time a stranger or an acquaintance uttered any of those words to me.
Oh my gosh! I almost forgot one. Has anyone noticed that there are almost no children playing outside? That's because they're all inside on the computer or playing video games. And then we wonder why we have so many health problems. Hello? Parents? Pull the power cords out!
And...have you noticed that swings are almost non existent and slides and jungle gyms are dwindling by the minute? Welcome to Sissified America. You gotta love it! Except I don't!
Don't get me wrong. I'm not against technology by any means. I use all forms of the latest. But don't you think it's important to teach our children basic life skills? Skills that will make them a better, more rounded person? And not just children. What about adults who've forgotten what it's like to sit across from somebody at a dinner table and actually converse?
My daughter is 7 and she learned how to write her name in cursive at the age of 5. Why? because she thought it looked pretty and because I thought it was important. If I find in the years to come that the school does not continue with this important and necessary skill, I will do it on my own and raise hell along the way. Both of my children have learned and use polite manners and will continue to do so if they want to live in a pleasant house.
Now I'll turn it over to you. What do you think of this "New World"? Am I totally wrong in my thinking? Do I need to get over it and get with it? Be honest. Let's debate this topic today!
SIS Barb writing as Elle J Rossi