Typed in 60 seconds. Education then and now.
More on (or moron) changes that have happened since my birth. Tonight’s treat is…
There was no such thing as a learning disability. I was in 1st grade when Rhoda asked my teacher, “Why is she hiding her paper?” The teacher’s reply? “She’s ashamed of her writing.”
I learned cursive writing in elementary school. Yes, my writing has always been terrible (see example above). I abandoned cursive in college when an instructor complained about my handwriting (again, I refer to the example above). Later, I settled on email and typed as much as possible. You can see why.
By the time I was in Junior High (called Middle School in other parts of the US) I could write the following sentences:
“If a tree falls and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” We would then discuss the meaning of the sentence.
“If a train takes an hour to travel to the next town and that town is 60 miles away, how fast is the train traveling?” That was called remedial math.
My 1st grade teacher would have been fired and Rhoda would have been suspended for bullying. (There’s a word for that: Overkill.).
No one learns cursive anymore. In fact, I’m not certain what is being taught in school.
I have, however, seen the results. Calculators have taken the place of remedial math (no other explanation is necessary). I’ve worked with 20/30-somethings of every sex, color and creed who, as high-school graduates, write like this: “He don’t no who he want for a frend. I help him find won.” The i’s, of course, have little cheerios over them instead of dots. It’s better not to put a dot over them at all (again, I refer to the handwritten travesty above).
What else should we expect when all aspects of English have devolved into this: (1) LOL BFF. Were r u? o i c, gps. c u n 10.* (2) It reminds me of the old joke about the Tennessee (or whatever state you hate) reading test–MR snaks. MR knot. OSAR! OIC. MR snaks. **
If you figured it out, congratulations–you’re a high school graduate.
*Lots of laughs, best friend forever. Where are you? Oh…I see where you are on GPS tracking. See you there in 10 minutes.
** Them are snakes. Them are not. Oh yes they are! Oh, I see. Them are snakes.
Excuse me while I watch “Idiocracy” for the 7th time. What? You haven’t seen that movie? No participation award for you!