What do you mean, someone made them up...

What do you mean, someone made them up...

"This set of statements was printed in the Fall 1978 issue of “The MATYC Journal”, a publication that focused on mathematics education. The quotes were assigned the dates: 1703, 1815, 1907, 1929, 1941, and 1950. But they may actually have been created in 1978. Copies of these quotes have been widely distributed and posted on many websites. They also have been published in multiple books and periodicals."


James Clay

May 09, 2012


  1. 2.

    Students today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They

    depend upon their slates which are more expensive. What will they do when their slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write. T eachers Conference, 1703
  2. 3.

    Students today depend upon paper too much. They don’t know

    how to write on slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper? Principal’s Association, 1815
  3. 4.

    Students depend too much on ink. They don’t know how

    to use a penknife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil. National Association of T eachers, 1907
  4. 5.

    Students today depend upon store bought ink. They don’t know

    how to make their own. When they run out they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education. The Rural T eacher, 1929
  5. 6.

    Students today depend upon these expensive fountain pins. They can

    no longer write with a straight pen and nib (not to mention sharpening their own quills). W e parents must not allow them to wallow in such luxury to the detriment of learning how to cope in the real business world, which is not so extravagant. PTA Gazette, 1941
  6. 7.

    Ball point pens will be the ruin of education in

    our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The virtues of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries. The Federal T eacher, 1950