WEIRD THINGS THEY USED TO TEACH IN SCHOOL
☞ Typing: Typing class isn’t very common these days, because of the belief that kids today are basically born with keyboards in their hands.
☞ Handwriting: Cursive writing classes are on the way out or gone at many schools. But not all educators are happy about it, saying kids learn and communicate more effectively by putting pencil to paper.
☞ Dewey Decimal System: You remember this, don’t you? The numerical system used by libraries to organize books into categories. With the internet, Dewey has become unnecessary.
☞ Latin: Although learning a “dead” language may seem pointless, it helps us better understand our own and other languages, and some professions, like law and medicine, have vocabulary steeped in Latin.
☞ Home economics: Girls used to take ‘home ec’ while the guys went to shop class. But presumptions about gender roles have changed and so has the course curriculum.
☞ Reading analogue clocks: Kids raised on digital clocks may never feel comfortable with the “old-style” of telling time.
☞ Dodgeball: There’s nothing like being repeatedly pummelled by a ball in the name of “physical education”.