For as long as I can remember, the previous generation or generations have had changes, that they were very vocal about, said changes not being right or not needed.
“Things had never been done that way and it makes no sense to change them now”.
One of the ‘biggies’ was the automobile. Stories have been written about how much chaos they caused with the noise and how they would scare the horses and pedestrians. I am sure there was a learning curve that was or was not followed many times.
Many changes seem to appeal to the younger set, as a rule. Probably when you are young, everything is thought of as possible and all the fear that goes with change is not there. I, personally, have never cared for change but I have some definite ideas about what ones are good and ones that are not.
I remember several years ago, schools started changing to “open concept” classrooms. Several grades in one big room, partitioned off with bookcases, student cubbies and movable blackboards. At first, I thought, ‘this is crazy’ only to remember I was in a one room schoolhouse for 1 – 6 grades, one teacher and we did well. Several students went on to Jr High and High school and graduated top of the class.
Another change was bus pick up. In my time you had to live more than a mile from school to be able to ride the bus. My children had to walk to the main road (about ½ mile) and catch the bus. Now, the bus comes to each house on our street.
One of the changes I really could not believe, when I first heard, was that cursive writing would no longer be taught in the schools.
I had kind of forgotten it until recently when I sent my 16-year-old grandson a card.
I had written him a quite lengthy note enclosed with $20 and he called to thank me (and Grandpa).
I asked what he thought of what I had written to him and he said ‘have to wait and have my dad read it to me, I can’t read cursive’!
Now I know this is a bad change, but I am not sure what I can do to change it. I would like to know the reason for the change. Is it because almost no one writes notes anymore? They email, tweet, Facebook, text and other methods that I do not know anything about. I understand that ways of communicating have changed but who would rather receive a tweet than going to your mailbox and finding a note, written in cursive, from a friend, giving you the news in their life.
I vote we go back to cursive. Or printing and some times called Technical Writing. One vote per person please.