Time for Mama Kat’s and this week I chose prompt #1) Something students these days should know.
Where to start? There are so many thing the kids in this disposable society need to learn in my humble opinion. Let’s start with spelling. In our day and age of Twitter and Text Messaging people (I am also guilty of this) have gotten so used to using acronyms that they have forgotten how to spell! All the OMG and LMAO and ROFL and TTYL, etc., are admittedly timesavers but in the long run, kids are forgetting how to spell, how to write letters and even how to talk on the phone properly. Lot of them don’t even know how to carry on a conversation in person anymore.
Being face to face with someone has become so intimidating that kids would rather use the impersonality of texting or tweeting. I admit that texting is sometimes easier if you just need a few words answer and if I find myself sending back and forth too many times I usually hang it up and call. I would rather actually talk to someone since you can’t really hear the emotion of a person by merely reading their words. Subtleties and nuance of language get lost in translation and the art of sarcasm is sometimes mistaken as rudeness or anger. I would much rather hear the actual anger in someone’s voice than to mistakenly assume someone is angry when they are merely teasing or being sarcastic.
I also think the art of letter writing is something that is important to know and many have completely given up on how to use salutations and how to close a letter in written form. I think it always such a treat to receive a letter in the mail and nowadays the kids have no clue how to do that. They also don’t know how to start a verbal conversation without just jumping right to the point. The niceties and subtleties of greeting another person have been replaced with jumping right into a conversation and the subtle art of closing a conversation have long become a thing of the past.
So that is my soapbox for now. What do you think kids in school nowadays need to learn that maybe they haven’t?