"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 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 uponstore bought ink. They don’tknow how to make their own.When they run out they willbe unable to write words orciphers until their next trip tothe settlement. This is a sadcommentary on moderneducation. -The Rural Teacher, 1929
"Students today depend upon theseexpensive fountain pins. They can nolonger write with a straight pen and nib(not to mention sharpening their ownquills). We parents must not allow them towallow in such luxury to the detriment oflearning 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.Business and banks will never allowsuch expensive luxuries. -The Federal Teacher, 1950
"Students today depend toomuch on hand-heldcalculators." -Anonymous, 1985
Today we still use pens, pencils andcalculators. Now we have computerswhich make our lives even easier andI’m sure that no matter what changeshappen in the future someone willcomplain about it.