Oh, dear lord, I had a flash of the future where everyone will speak like those damned annoying icanhasacheezburger cats. Whoever wrote Lolz needs their fingers broken joint by joint with a small mining hammer.
No one will be able to spell or to read, to write fluently. Everything will be reduced to its most basic components. Indiana schools are helping this along by no longer mandating that children spend as much time learning cursive writing. They believe the bulk of the time allotted will be better spent learning keyboarding skills.
Um, I’m fairly sure that any kid will learn these on his/her own considering all of the fun and communication available online and via their cell phones. What they won’t be able to do is find a job where they have to *write* things. Are they going to print every document for the remainder of their days?? What happens when there is no keyboard available?
Beyond the reading and writing itself, practice helps the body to learn fine motor skills. The school is providing families with links on Google for teaching cursive at home. Are they kidding?