"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 papertoo much. They don’t know how towrite on slate without getting chalkdust all over themselves. They can’tclean 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 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 their next trip to the settlement. This is a sadcommentary on moderneducation. -The Rural Teacher, 1929
"Students today depend upon these expensivefountain pins. They can no longer write with astraight pen and nib (not to mention sharpeningtheir own quills). We parents must not allowthem to wallow in such luxury to the detrimentof learning how to cope in the real businessworld, 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 our liveseven easier and I’m sure that nomatter what changes happen inthe future someone will complainabout it.