Is it important or superficial?

Even though we tried to teach our own children skills like handwriting, I often wonder (as do my kids) what possible good these skills do in the Information Age. Here’s an interesting article from the guardian.

We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past. Longhand multiplication of numbers using paper and pencil is considered a worthy intellectual achievement. Using a mobile phone to multiply is not. But to the people who invented it, longhand multiplication was just a convenient technology. I don’t think they attached any other emotions to it. We do, and it is still taught as a celebration of the human intellect. The algorithms that make Google possible are not taught to children. Instead, they are told: “Google is full of junk.”

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