“Students today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend upon their slates which are more expensive. What will they do when their slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable 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 much on ink. Theydon’t know how to use a pen knife tosharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will neverreplace 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 of education inour country. Students use these devices and thenthrow them away. The virtues of thrift andfrugality are being discarded. Business and bankswill never allow such expensive 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 will complainabout it.