It would be tempting to answer no to the question of whether or not schools should abandon certain courses in our schools. Even so, no longer does this country require a student to learn some rudimentary skills in a tongue other than English; and others, too, have taken a hit recently as parents and students clamor to get rid of geography or geometry since a cashier at McDonald's nor the career operator of a leaf blower doesn't require knowing the difference between a continent and a condiment or if theorem is plural for "theory."
Courses have been eliminated in our schools, even, already I suspect, cursive penmanship.
The argument to sacrifice yet one more course must stem from that old chestnut of what is relevant to today's world to prepare a student for it upon graduation. The trouble I have with this rationale comes from the consideration of sports in schools and just how many of these participants go on to play vocationally until retirement. Scant few, I believe. Yet no one would dare suggest the spending for such athletic programs be trimmed, let alone go the way of the McGuffey Reader.
A friend who lives down the street from me suggested certain courses are beneficial in themselves for establishing a sense of discipline, despite people feeling they're outdated. I tend to agree with such sentiment: Certain fields of study sharpen a person's intellect, such as a second language and working through abstract problems algebra requires. Like diluting fine wine, to do as much to any curriculum simply cheapens it. And shouldn't everybody know that provolone is not a city in Italy?
Teach cursive writing. Perhaps the skill of neat penmanship will induce our students to put more order in their lives in some needed way: It might even clean up their cursing.
-- BINK OWEN, Walla Walla