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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

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 EssayBess Nagler, New York, NY

SECOND PLACE: Emoticon Syntax : -)Nora Stewart, New Haven, CT

THIRD PLACE: Conversational Chinese for the WorkplaceFrank Riley, South Lake Tahoe, CA HONORABLE MENTIONS:

SpeedtweetingTom Sheppard, Flat Rock, NC

Cybersex EducationMark Chartier, Lyme, CT

Unsocial StudiesMike Paul, Carrboro, NC

Social (Media) StudiesTheda Kontis, Reisterstown, MD

Text EducationAmy Torchinsky, Greensboro, NC

Conversational EnglishGeorge Repa, Salem, VA Indiana State History in 140 Characters or LessDouglas Kronaizl, Vermillion, SD

1,001 Uses for a PenSusan S. Shimokawa, Honolulu, HI

Using Your Robo-SignerJohn Besnard, Irvine, CA

ThumberciseH.B. Stultz Jr., East Stroudsburg, PA

ThumbnasticsAngela James, Westminster, MD

Home TechonomicsVan Tunstall, Aptos, CA

Rapping (so schools can still teach the 3 R’s)Joan Burr, Mountain Drive, AR

The Three T’s: Typing, Texting, TweetingHarry Wyatt, Athens, OH

Lmntry TxtngEleanor R. Smith, Lebanon, MO

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

Home-page EcDavid C. Neal, Fanwood, NJ

PasswordingLee Ferry, Woodbury, VT

Pwr Txting 2 Gt Ahed in LyfMarian Turk, Croton on Hudson, NY

How to Change an Ink CartridgeCarey Eidel, Skaneateles, NY Fact-to-Face CommunicationsMatthew Schneider, New Haven, CT

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