Ramon Renteria: Old-school references foreign to freshmen

Full story: El Paso Times
The question has nagged old-school people forever. Are our children and grandchildren smarter or dumber than us? Well, the folks at ABC's "Good Morning America" were chatting recently about Beloit College's latest list of cultural references that basically faded before 1992, the year that most of the Class of 2014 -- this fall's crop of freshmen ... Full Story

United States

#1 Aug 22, 2010
well done!

El Paso, TX

#2 Aug 22, 2010
That's why HS marching bands are shrinking in size and live music venues are no longer important sources for entertainment.
Spell Checkers

Texarkana, TX

#3 Aug 22, 2010
So you think spell checkers are reliable, Ramon?

Editors do not have to be philosphers to know that we are have the dumbest writers in the world. I'm sure your column makes her pull her hair out. There is much more to writing than spelling: It's called content.

This poem went through a spell checker and there is not one misspelled word in it:

Eye have a spelling chequer,
It came with my Pea Sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss Steaks I can knot sea.
Eye strike the quays and type a whirred
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am write oar wrong
It tells me straight a weigh.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your shore real glad two no.
Its vary polished in its weigh.
My chequer tolled me sew.
A chequer is a bless thing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right all stiles of righting,
And aides me when eye rime.
Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The chequer pours o'er every word
Two cheque sum spelling rule.

Spell Checkers

Texarkana, TX

#4 Aug 22, 2010
Oops, forgot to use spell check: it's spelled "philosophers."

United States

#5 Aug 23, 2010
reader wrote:
well done!
Reader im so proud of you! You have actually been decent and polite. Compared to prior comments on Ramons columns. Well done to you! Prozac and zanex DO work I'm happy for you WOOOOHOOO!!

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