Are we becoming an illiterate society?
Does anyone agree with me, that cursive writing should not be eliminated from being taught in public school classrooms? If no one leans how to write, how will anyone be able to put their signature on documents? How will people sign their names when opening a bank account, or using debit cards, or registering for college, or buying a car, buying a house, or...the list is endless. Will people revert to the olden days and mark their "X" on the signature line?
Will anyone still know how to write in the future? Men or women? Professors or elite groups of society? Will women be excluded? Should parents start secretly teaching their children how to write in longhand? Didn't some people secretly teach women how to read and write in the past, when women were not allowed to know how?
Will learning how to read be the next thing to be eliminated from our schools? With audio books on the market, will ours become an illiterate society?
Jeanne Coppola is a life long resident of the Collinwood neighborhood, and is interested in art and writing. She graduated from Collinwood High School, and attended Cleveland State University (CSU). She worked at Woolworth's in Severance Center, and Higbee's in Tower City. She also took clases at Cuyahoga Community College, where she was a staff writer for the student newspaper The Spectrum. In 2006, she returned to Cleveland State University to finish her degree, and wrote for the student newspaper, The Vindicator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Liberal Studies, in May 2007.
Jeanne is pleased to be able to write for "The Collinwood Observer", and offer her comments and opinions in this new and exciting community newspaper.