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.
(Image credit: CC BY: spiritinme)

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.

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