by Norman E. Hooben
|The Magura Cave in Bulgaria|
So we as a people progressed through the ages with some learning to write while others still had to depend on pictures. A great example of this was observed during the time I was tracing my family tree. At the church where I found my great grandparent's marriage records, I noticed that every one's entries were by they same handwriting. The caretaker explained that not everyone knew how to write in the mid 1800's and a scribe was used to enter the names next to the 'X' signed by the people who got married. Even in colonial America there were many people who could not read or write so pictures were used to identify a business or trade.
Outwardly all the above verbiage seems pretty impressive. That is until you look around and see what's happening in our schools and the quality of education one gets today as compared to just a few short years ago. With the advent of computers there's definitely a decline in the use of cursive writing. I read sometime ago that Scotland has now re-emphasized the use of cursive writing...or re-teaching what could be considered a loss of ancient artwork (cursive writing an artwork...why not). Also, at some fast food eateries the employees do not have to know how much an item costs, all they have to do is punch the cash register button that has the picture of the item being purchased on the keypad.
Without getting into the new Common Core standards where the state of Massachusetts had to lower it's standards in order to comply I'd like to add one more example of where we are going if this downward trend continues. The following was sent to me in an email and with a jokingly response I was going to end it there... But then again, is this were we are headed?