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Anachronisms?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Rich, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Mar 29, 2011 #21 of 203
    compac

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    How about people using and able to read cursive writing? Many elem schools don't require it any longer.
     
  2. Mar 29, 2011 #22 of 203
    sigma1914

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    I was baffled to learn this the other day when talking with a friend who teaches middle school. He said you're lucky to find a kid who can write in cursive. I think hand writing in any form is becoming rare due to technology.
     
  3. Mar 29, 2011 #23 of 203
    spartanstew

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    How is that possible?

    My 8 year old knows how to read a clock and my 5 year old will learn next year as it's part of the first grade curriculum here.

    Did she skip first grade?
     
  4. Mar 29, 2011 #24 of 203
    The Merg

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    That's kinda the thought process now. The idea is to instruct them to learn the concept and not just memorize a formula. If you test on the concept, they need to know what formula to use and having a calculator just does the computation for them.

    - Merg
     
  5. Mar 30, 2011 #25 of 203
    longrider

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    i am going to disagree on the end of the analog clock. While there was a time in the 80s that it seemed like the analog clock was going to die, there really has been a revival of interest since then. I have found it hard to find a digital clock that is just a clock, meaning not part of something else like an appliance. Even on computers a visual representation of a clock face is one of the most popular gadgets on the Windows Vista/7 desktops, and when you click on the clock in 7 you get a calendar and an image of an analog clock!
     
  6. Mar 30, 2011 #26 of 203
    Mark Holtz

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    Do they still teach cursive in the schools anymore?

    As for a watch.... my watch, which I had for four years, is digital, but sets itself daily using the US atomic clock.
     
  7. Mar 30, 2011 #27 of 203
    Santana

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    Even incredibly cheap quartz watches are usually more accurate than all but the most precision mechanical watches. But they cannot match the character and craftsmanship of a fine timepiece.
     
  8. Mar 30, 2011 #28 of 203
    phrelin

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    In my day all we had was an abacus. And when we were walking barefoot to and from school in waist deep snow uphill both ways....
     
  9. Mar 30, 2011 #29 of 203
    James Long

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    I had a math teacher who would not allow calculators on tests but would allow slide rules. I don't believe anyone took him up on the offer (although I own a couple).
     
  10. Mar 30, 2011 #30 of 203
    paulman182

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    Are the calculators on your guy's phone easier to use than a $2 stand-alone calculator?

    I know the calculators on computers sure aren't, and neither are the calculators on my two phones.

    It is super easy to keep a calculator on the desk for when it is needed.
     
  11. Mar 30, 2011 #31 of 203
    fluffybear

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    I don't know about anywhere else but here in Fayette County, they start teaching kids how to read a clock in Kindergarten (some even learn in Pre-K) and it continues through second grade.

    We have several clocks in our home which are analog and even though there is a digital clock 6 feet away on the microwave that my kids look at the analog clock (hanging above the sink) when I ask them what time is it.
     
  12. Mar 30, 2011 #32 of 203
    fluffybear

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    I find that statement very hard to accept. I personally do not know of any child (who has received a proper education) who can not write in cursive.

    Our school system begins to teach basics of cursive writing in 2nd grade as by 2nd quarter of 3rd grade, teachers will no longer accept papers which are printed.
     
  13. Mar 30, 2011 #33 of 203
    fluffybear

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    I know when I need to reach for a calculator, I'll go for the stand alone model on my desk when ever I can.
     
  14. Mar 30, 2011 #34 of 203
    dennisj00

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    My high school math teacher wouldn't let us use sliderules because everybody didn't have one.

    And twenty years later, I was hiring engineers that had never used a sliderule.
     
  15. Mar 30, 2011 #35 of 203
    matt

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    What's the point of cursive writing, other than signing your name? I never use it.
     
  16. Mar 30, 2011 #36 of 203
    spartanstew

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    They don't teach cursive writing in our school system.
     
  17. Mar 30, 2011 #37 of 203
    RasputinAXP

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    I can't say that I've used cursive at all since grade school, and I'm 32 now.
     
  18. Mar 30, 2011 #38 of 203
    Steve

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    At least for me, cursive is about 3-4 times faster than printing. Less tiring as well. I can write for longer stretches cursively than I can print.
     
  19. Mar 30, 2011 #39 of 203
    houskamp

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    Remember when they tried to put digital displays in cars (mid 80s)? they went back to analog because it took too long to read.. you don't really care about 1mph when driving and you can just glance down and see you are about right on you speed.. reading a number took more time and thought to process.. to me a clock is the same thing..
     
  20. Mar 30, 2011 #40 of 203
    veryoldschool

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    Along this line:
    There was a study that concluded most look at a clock/watch to find out what time it's not [ie: it's almost 8, which 7:53 doesn't quite express]

    "Glass cockpits" give "steam gauge" displays with the numeric values under them.
     

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