Old School vs New School
I don’t believe that you have had to grow up with a computer to be digitally native although a decade ago you could argue that point. Now you can ignore age but define different levels of being tech savvy. Those that grew up with the Internet, such as Millennials, have a different outlook but doesn’t each generation?
What old school ways should we be holding on to? If you are past 50, your beliefs around this are going to be different than someone who is 35 or even 20. I have been thinking about this after going to an event about 60 miles out of the city.
Some of the women at my table were teachers from their mid-40’s to late 50’s. They were lamenting that cursive writing is no longer taught in school and that the kids handwriting is unreadable. That begets the question, should cursive writing still be taught in school? Not surprising that the answer is yes because it is a key component to the development of motor skills. The curriculum is constantly retooled as things change as educators point to data such as the importance of arts and recess. Movement tasks are incredibly important to connect the dots to other skills.
Yet the one thing that was upsetting to one of the women at my table is if cursive writing is kept out of the curriculum then how would these kids be able to sign their checks? I pointed out that there won’t be any checks. Clearly, she was not living in the same world that I am living in. And that conversation has stuck with me. The digital divide, the technology divide, the forward thinkers who continue to move forward as they get older, the people that don’t really change much after their 20’s when it comes to new music or innovation, etc. It has been gnawing at me.
I live in the new school world more than the old school world. It is good to get out of the echo-chamber that I live in. Not sure I want to do it often but that short trip and the conversations had definitely opened my eyes up to the need to get out of your comfort zone once in awhile.