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The Week contest: New Class - July 22, 2011
Indiana's schools will no longer teach cursive handwriting, as young people rarely write by hand anymore. Suggest the name of a modern-day class that grade schools could offer instead
 
With iPads, iPhones and computers taking over the classroom some schools are phasing out cursive.
With iPads, iPhones and computers taking over the classroom some schools are phasing out cursive.
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Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

Click here for results of last week's contest: Pop Song

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
 
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Speedtweeting
Tom Sheppard, Flat Rock, NC

Cybersex Education
Mark Chartier, Lyme, CT

Unsocial Studies
Mike Paul, Carrboro, NC

Social (Media) Studies
Theda Kontis, Reisterstown, MD

Text Education
Amy Torchinsky, Greensboro, NC

Conversational English
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

Thumbercise
H.B. Stultz Jr., East Stroudsburg, PA

Thumbnastics
Angela James, Westminster, MD

Home Techonomics
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

Lmntry Txtng
Eleanor R. Smith, Lebanon, MO

How to Read Your Grandma’s Birthday Wishes
Barbara Askew, Salem, SC

Home-page Ec
David C. Neal, Fanwood, NJ

Passwording
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
 
Fact-to-Face Communications
Matthew Schneider, New Haven, CT

 

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