Originally Posted by xentrox
A bit pointless when all kids these days type all their essays on computers and do their math homework in web portals.
The other day I was at Mattress Firm, and some 25 year old kid
was writing up the name of the mattress and its price that I was interested in. His handwriting was worse than that of a blind person that never written a darn word in their life.
Penmanship is nothing but a dead art nowadays. Today's youth are so assimilated (to use the Borg analogy) to the web collective that the "old fashioned" skills are just being left by the wayside. It's not just writing though; I had a conversation that went like this with a cashier (I'd say she was 18/19) at the local supermarket a few weeks ago.
She says: Your total is $73.84 Sr.
I hand here a C-Note ($100) and say change is $26.16 to her.
She looks at me in disbelief and shakes here head as if trying to give me the "As If" line from Clueless. Ten seconds later she looks up from her register screen with a very scared look on her face and asks: How did you do that? How did you get the number faster than the computer?
I told her I used my brain to figure it out and she said these words that almost made me want to strangle her: But why? Why waste time figuring out the change in your head when you know the computer will do it for you?
I wanted to say to her: And that attitude is what will keep you working at a supermarket's cash register for the rest of your life... But who am I to poo-poo someone else because they don't have aspirations.
On the "Lernstift"...Really? Bring that to the US and watch a bunch of high school kids go nuts because it has "stif" on the name.
It vibrates to let you know you're messing up... So you give that to a 15 year old kid and manage to convince him/her to use it (to write)... I guarantee you that on the thrid vibrating spat that thing will hit a wall and the kid will be off to his/her video game of choice.Edited by xXSebaSXx - 7/15/13 at 8:29am