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RU Miseducated? – LOL

October 27, 2020

Well into my seventh decade on this planet, I have to say I am really disappointed with the miseducation of today’s young people. It’s really not an old person thing, so I probably should leave out the part about seven decades; it’s a today problem and one that affects all of us.

A few years back, a young dinner guest hit me with a barrage of LOL over dinner. Like many of her age, she likes to ride older people for being stupid and out of touch. She thought I didn’t know what LOL meant. I did. However, when I asked her if she knew how to spell the word laughing, I was greeted with silence and the very facial expression that sums up today’s education experience in America: Vacuous.

Over the last few years, I learned that today’s young people are woefully lacking in communication skills. Most can not write a coherent paragraph, all but a few simply don’t listen when someone is speaking to them and their reading lists are chiefly comprised of emails, photos and texts. Trying not to embarrass younger people, I avoid any references to novels, classical music and virtually everything that Mr. Webster has published. It makes me wonder and fear for our very future as a society.

Likewise I was completely floored when I learned that local schools no longer teach cursive writing. What? Not possible! Sadly, it is not only possible, it’s a fact. Then my mind flashed back to the days of penmanship, exchange letters, love letters and dear diary entries. I suppose these have been relegated to the Smithsonian but I fear we are no better off for it. Granted, I am typing this off on a computer keyboard but guess what folks? I can still write it down with pen and paper just as easily. Fortunately I was not miseducated.

Then there’s the practical side of miseduaction. If you are going to eventually have a job, I suppose it would be handy to know not to start a letter or business correspondence with 2 U. Of course, the argument supporting this vacuum in our education system insists that computers will do all the work in the near future. Great! What about conversations, you know, where you have to speak and respond to someone else. Are we to be left with just grunting sans facial expressions? The Neanderthals would be proud that we have come full circle.

I look back with considerable pride to the time I spent as an English teacher. My students certainly did learn communication skills. All were able to write, speak, read and listen. I wonder how those folks are coping with their children these days. I honestly believe that the people who went to public schools in the 1970s were the last people to have acquired good communication skills. Today’s teachers as well as their students don’t seem to put a high priority on communication – 2 Bad! And grammar? Don’t get me started!

Youth is rebellious by nature. I sure was rebellious when I was young. My parents and grandparents thought my music, idiom and way of thinking was a bit strange, even unacceptable. The feelings were mutual. I didn’t think they were very boss or bitchin’ either. That was natural. But like them, I was at least educated, enough even to write this blog entry.

The next time you see one of our lightly educated youths fiddling with their phone, you might want to text them a quickie: “2 U – RU miseducated? – OMG – Y – LOL 2!”

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  1. Timothy Price permalink

    When it come to writing and communicating, we have a hard time with people who have master’s degrees in architecture and engineering. We spend so much time editing and fixing bad writing. I assume you have noticed how most young people hold pens and pencils these days when they actually try to write in longhand or draw by hand? It amazing they can write or draw at all. I can always tell young people who have been home schooled. They are comfortable talking to adults and often quite articulate. I don’t have a problem with embarrassing young folks over their lack of knowledge. Someone has to do it.

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  2. I had to laugh out loud when I read this.

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  3. When I found out about the cursive I felt it was an abomination. I had to learn it so that I can’t currently read my own handwriting, why don’t they? Then I tried to help someone with their math homework. The new math is so convoluted it’s amazing that they can still get 2 as an answer when adding one plus one (I couldn’t)! And don’t even get me started on Pluto. When I grew up, my grandfather made sure I knew all the planets (there were 3 things I had to know by 3 years old: my full name, my home phone number, and the planets). Then suddenly someone misread the dictionary definition of a planet and decided that Pluto isn’t a planet it’s a “Plutoid.” Yes, that made me very irritated. Then (not ashamed to admit) I went completely insane when they decided this completely arbitrary term that was created to label Pluto so that they would feel better about bumping out of the pantheon was something else entirely. Suddenly a bajillion things were Plutoids…except for Pluto! It still makes me furious. Probably because my grandfather’s favorite planet was Pluto because it was last and small, and they waited until after he died to change it, so I feel agitated for him.

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