"Students today can’tprepare bark tocalculate their problems.They depend upon theirslates which are moreexpensive. What willthey do when their slateis dropped and itbreaks? They will beunable to write.-Teachers Conference,1703
"Students today depend upon paper toomuch. They don’t know how to write onslate without getting chalk dust all overthemselves. They can’t clean a slateproperly. What will they do when they runout of paper?" -Principal’s Association, 1815
"Students depend too muchon ink. They don’t know howto use a pen knife to sharpena pencil. Pen and ink willnever replace the pencil." -National Association of Teachers, 1907
"Students today depend upon store boughtink. They don’t know how to make theirown. When they run out they will beunable to write words or ciphers until theirnext trip to the settlement. This is a sadcommentary on modern education. -The Rural Teacher, 1929
"Students today depend upon theseexpensive fountain pins. They can no longerwrite with a straight pen and nib (not tomention sharpening their own quills). Weparents must not allow them to wallow insuch luxury to the detriment of learninghow to cope in the real business world,which is not so extravagant." -PTA Gazette, 1941
"Ball point pens will be the ruin ofeducation in our country. Students usethese devices and then throw them away.The virtues of thrift and frugality are beingdiscarded. Business and banks will neverallow such expensive luxuries.-The Federal Teacher, 1950
"Students todaydepend too much onhand-held calculators." -Anonymous, 1985
Today we still use pens, pencils andcalculators. Now we have computers whichmake our lives even easier and I’m sure thatno matter what changes happen in thefuture someone will complain about it.