My kid is super smart. Most of her friends are smart. People with like minds tend to hang around one another. But why is it that with all of their smarts and all of this technology, they can just act so stupid at times?
Some of her friends literally don’t know how to load the dishwasher and they ask the meaning of things that I thought they should know in 1st grade. My daughter can’t get the simplest of ideas down like 3 to the 5th power (she always wants to multiply 3 and 5) yet she can do coding and Morse Code. I think that they don’t have much common sense nowadays, and I may not be an ivy league scholar like my brother, but I am smart both in common knowledge and book knowledge.
These kids have fancy calculators and fabulous tablets and laptops but when it comes down to it, 3 to the 5th power is still just that. There is no flashy way for them to answer that on a test. They still have to write it all by hand. As much as I love to type on here, and watch shows on my iPad and use my phone as a mini-pc, I like some of the old-fashioned ways of doing things. They aren’t even teaching them cursive in school anymore! So I guess their signature will be easy to forge if they can only print!
I still love receiving hand written thank you notes and writing them. I still love the feel of a book in my hand. I still love long conversations on the phone, catching up about so many things that cannot be said or understood properly in an email. I love being able to blog on here, and correct things and edit with a touch of a button, don’t get me wrong. But as advanced as we get, there are so many ways that we can improve and getting back to basics is a good way to do that.
Take time out of today, or one day soon and write out your to-do-list. Read a book that is not on your device. Phone someone. Go for a walk and listen to the birds and the traffic and not your playlist.