Blurps! A new social media sensation, by Jay Haffner.
TDQ:School districts around the country are eliminating teaching cursive, with the logic that no one will use script in the future, everyone will type or text. As an English teacher, do you think that actually writing a story or assignment with a pen and paper is fundamental to becoming a better writer/student, or do you agree that if they’re going to type so much, to hell with teaching cursive?
Haffner: Ha. Good question. I wouldn’t say the actual act of putting pen to paper on a regular basis is going to make a person a better writer, per se (I haven’t used the phrase “per se” in a long time and, looking at it now, I’m realizing I need to use it more often), but it’s still important. If for no other reason, the lack of funds being appropriated to public schools these days almost ensures that kids are going to continue to get an education that’s totally and utterly devoid of current technological devices. They need to learn to write so I can stop grading 150 essays that I swear are written in Sanskrit. Continue reading →
Educator Jay Haffner struggles to balance the equation of how to expose students to the good information on the internet without exposing them to the bad. (And it isn't because he's an English teacher.)
This week, The Daily Quarterly speaks to Apopka High School English teacher Jay Haffner. Once we spit out our gum and quieted down, Mr. Haffner talked with us about the state of writing in American high schools, Dungeons and Dragons and the stunning lack of access to short wave radios during his childhood. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with English teacher Jay Haffner:
Jay Haffner: I heard about The Daily Quarterly through the wonders of social media. I logged onto Facebook one day and noticed I had a couple of requests to join some groups. Sandwiched in between the “I Lost 50 Pounds In 24 Hours” group and the “Dungeons and Dragons” fan page was a request for The Daily Quarterly. I figured, “Why the hell not?” on all three requests! Continue reading →