"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

10.11.2006

it's a tacky world

Having spent most of the last three days grading handwritten exams, this hits home. The quality of handwriting among students these days is atrocious. Sometimes they are literally unreadable. And don't get me started on the kids who write in 6-point font letters, the use of text message abbreviations in formal essays, and the ones who refuse to use articles and possessive pronouns, apparently assuming that I'll know what they meant.

Maybe you don't need good handwriting. Maybe the era of handwritten thank-you notes, love letters, and A-quality essays is over. Maybe people are just going to be unbelievably tacky and there's nothing we can do about it. Yuck.

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