"Students today can’t prepare barkto calculate their problems. Theydepend upon their slates which aremore expensive. What will they dowhen their slate is dropped and itbreaks? They will be unable towrite. -Teachers Conference, 1703
"Students today depend upon paper too much.They don’t know how to write on slate withoutgetting chalk dust all over themselves. Theycan’t clean a slate properly. What will they dowhen they run out of paper?” -Principal’s Association, 1815
"Students depend too much on ink. Theydon’t know how to use a pen knife to sharpena pencil. Pen and ink will never replace thepencil." -National Association of Teachers, 1907
"Students today depend upon store bought ink.They don’t know how to make their own. Whenthey run out they will be unable to write wordsor ciphers until their next trip to thesettlement. This is a sad commentary onmodern education. -The Rural Teacher, 1929
"Students today depend upon these expensive fountainpins. They can no longer write with a straight pen and nib(not to mention sharpening their own quills). We parentsmust not allow them to wallow in such luxury to thedetriment of learning how to cope in the real businessworld, which is not so extravagant.“ -PTA Gazette, 1941
"Ball point pens will be the ruin ofeducation in our country. Studentsuse these devices and then throwthem away. The virtues of thrift andfrugality are being discarded. Businessand banks will never allow suchexpensive luxuries." -The Federal Teacher, 1950
"Students today depend too much onhand-held calculators." -Anonymous, 1985
Today we still use pens, pencilsand calculators. Now we havecomputers which make our liveseven easier and I’m sure that nomatter what changes happen inthe future someone willcomplain about it.