Re: The great note-taking divide is coming

Subject: Re: The great note-taking divide is coming
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:09:46 -0500

On Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:41:43 -0500, Editor in Chief <editorialstandards -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

Soon, most schools will stop teaching cursive "long-hand" handwriting.

Blindsided again!

Where did this plan come from? I only heard of this last week in our local newspaper where one of the school administrators was quoted as saying she planned that our county's schools would continue to teach handwriting. I had thought that even though arithmetic is under assault via hand-held calculators and computers, reading and writing would necessarily remain.

Perhaps the difficulty is that many of the teachers do not have the skill?

Well then, it's time for me to push the final assault on the "three R's": Reading must go. Instead, students will listen to written text interpreted by computer devices. Further on, researchers will discover that students are not satisfied with clear "computer" diction that does not match their ordinary discourse. Augmentations in later generations of text-presentation hardware will automatically reduce vocabulary to short synonyms, and wull tlk laik dis, mo luk mumbln. Jus yuz short wurds. 'Gimme fuud now!'

Someone has to assemble the path for disintegration. Technical writers will be redeployed, put to work recasting lengthy dystopian novels into short, light and airy (but monosyllabic) audiobooks. You heard it here first.
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