"Students today can’t prepare bark to calculatetheir problems. They depend upon their slateswhich are more expensive. What will they dowhen their slate is dropped and it breaks? Theywill be unable to write. -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. They can’tclean a slate properly. What will they do whenthey 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 words orciphers until their next trip to the settlement. Thisis a sad commentary on modern education. -The Rural Teacher, 1929
"Students today depend uponthese expensive fountain pins.They can no longer write with astraight pen and nib (not tomention sharpening their ownquills). We parents must not allowthem to wallow in such luxury tothe detriment of learning how tocope 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 on hand-held calculators.” -Anonymous, 1985
Today we still use pens, pencilsand calculators. Now we havecomputers which make ourlives even easier and I’m surethat no matter what changeshappen in the future someonewill complain about it.