Old school school

progress of educationMaybe I’m too nostalgic. I mean I don’t want to go back to the days when college was all in Latin and Greek.

But the ubiquitous electronic device has replaced books. I remember as a kid reading the dictionary and arming myself with cool college words to sharpen my writing.

That’s why a sadness comes over me when I see kids using the dictionary to prop open the window. Sigh! What has happened to you, my friend the dictionary? Is this all you’re good for now?

It would seem, on the whole, that we are becoming largely illiterate as a nation. I understand the skills are shifting and the new careers need less penmanship and spelling. But… Something inside me still wants to drill the basics. Am I now among the copyists who fail to see their demise with the advent of the printing press?