Thursday, April 5, 2012

Back to Basics!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I posted a newspaper article that appeared on the front page of the Windsor Star, Monday, April 2, 2012.  If you haven't yet read it, I would suggest you do so.  It fully pertains to what I will be discussing, here, today.

As I mentioned yesterday, it was shocking for me to hear several times lately, from young people themselves, that they cannot read cursive.


In this day and age, where it seems everything needs a new name, that sounds more important and different than it really, truly is, I found this hard to believe, the first time a young person told me this.

Realizing that there truly are people out there in our world of today, who have trouble reading, at first I thought this was the problem.  It seems our education system, that about a generation or so ago adopted the idea that no one should be held back, even if they didn't meet standard requirements, has failed us.

Or maybe I should say has failed the younger generation.

As a child, we all learned to print.  Later, after we had somewhat mastered this, we were taught to write.  So, what happened?

In my mind, I cannot even fathom the idea of people not learning to read and write handwriting!  But, it seems to be more prevalent today, than ever before.  It's pretty sad to me, that this a widespread problem of our young people.

But, it's a fact.  And, in my mind, a rather sad one, I must say.

When our educational system changed from achievement, to not hurting someone's feelings because they didn't make the grade, I knew in my heart that society would lose out.

Well, I'm here to say loud and clear, that the time has now arrived!

What a terrible thing that young people with this educational flaw cannot even read a birthday card or a note, because it is written and not printed!  At least, this is my opinion.

However, of greater consequence is what I am about to mention.  Some of you might laugh when you read what I have to say.  If you do, please... after you've finished laughing, think about what I am about to say.  Truly think about it.

We all know that when it comes to war time and protecting our freedom, it takes not just man/woman power.  But, it also takes intelligence.  Communications are a very important aspect of our systems in place.

Imagine communciations being given to someone of importance.  Imagine that they receive the communication, but find it is in handwriting and not printing.  And, because of such, they cannot read it!

Hey!  Any enemies out there now know what to do to overcome us!  Don't e-mail, text, or type communications.  Just use handwriting! 

If this wasn't so sad, it would almost be funny.

Imagine, someone being held by an unknown assailant, writing a note requesting help, possibly by handing off this note to someone they happen to walk by.  Inconspicuously, so that their cry for help cannot be seen.  But, the person receiving the note can't do something even as basic as read it and discards it.

Be still my heart.  Okay, this may seem far-fetched to you, at this moment, but hopefully, it won't have some dire effect on your life, or mine.

Just think of all the historical notes housed in museums.  Truly, I cannot recall ever seeing one printed.  Every one I've seen of historical importance, was handwritten.  This tragedy means, that many of our young people cannot even read them, for themselves!

Okay, okay.  Maybe I'm going overboard with this, considering that some people's handwriting is so very poor, that it is almost illegible!  But, I truly am shocked beyond belief at how many young people cannot read handwriting!

In my opinion, it's time to get back to basics!

Until next time...

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