elcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.
Results: In light of Indiana’s decision to drop the requirement that students learn cursive writing, we asked you for a replacement class to teach today’s students skills they’ll need in the 21st century.
THE WINNER: The 140-Character Essay
Bess Nagler, New York, NY
SECOND PLACE: Emoticon Syntax : -)
Nora Stewart, New Haven, CT
THIRD PLACE: Conversational Chinese for the Workplace
Frank Riley, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Tom Sheppard, Flat Rock, NC
Mark Chartier, Lyme, CT
Mike Paul, Carrboro, NC
Social (Media) Studies
Theda Kontis, Reisterstown, MD
Amy Torchinsky, Greensboro, NC
George Repa, Salem, VA
Indiana State History in 140 Characters or Less
Douglas Kronaizl, Vermillion, SD
1,001 Uses for a Pen
Susan S. Shimokawa, Honolulu, HI
Using Your Robo-Signer
John Besnard, Irvine, CA
H.B. Stultz Jr., East Stroudsburg, PA
Angela James, Westminster, MD
Van Tunstall, Aptos, CA
Rapping (so schools can still teach the 3 R’s)
Joan Burr, Mountain Drive, AR
The Three T’s: Typing, Texting, Tweeting
Harry Wyatt, Athens, OH
Eleanor R. Smith, Lebanon, MO
How to Read Your Grandma’s Birthday Wishes
Barbara Askew, Salem, SC
David C. Neal, Fanwood, NJ
Lee Ferry, Woodbury, VT
Pwr Txting 2 Gt Ahed in Lyf
Marian Turk, Croton on Hudson, NY
How to Change an Ink Cartridge
Carey Eidel, Skaneateles, NY
Matthew Schneider, New Haven, CT
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