Update: Now, I'm not naive. I knew that there would be epic levels of butthurt in response to this post. People don't like either being reminded that things are changing (and they're aging), nor do they like the idea that any part of their upbringing was less than perfect, which they take to mean they are less than perfect. (It's not true! You're all perfect human beings, flaw-free and needing no improvements.) But please, I beg you to avoid one strawman when being butthurt. In no way did I say kids shouldn't be taught to use pens and paper. That would be stupid. I just think printing is good enough, and something, in case you haven't noticed, like 75% of adults are already using. Half the butthurt in this comment thread is based on the assumption that I was suggesting kids shouldn't learn to write with their hands. I just said "cursive", a fancy and outdated way of writing with your hands that is used by such a rare group of people that anyone who feels some compulsion to learn it should do so in college, alongside their basket-weaving courses.
Who still writes in cursive?
That age-old writing method you might never have used since fourth grade will no longer be taught in Indiana schools come fall, thanks to a memo from school officials. Instead, students will be expected to become proficient in keyboard use.
A lot of educational standards are things that continue on only because bitter adults don't want kids today to avoid having to suffer the same bullshit we had to go through. I'd put multiplication tables, spelling/vocabulary lists and just general rote memorization up there. My skills in these things were for shit after memorizing them; you learn far better by doing than memorizing something just long enough to get through the test. The low grade sadism that's pointed at children for the crime of being young when we're not isn't justification enough for this nonsense.