T3ch 4 Lyfe: New devices enable students’ laziness

Sally Cochran, Editor in Chief

Are you aware that school existed before Google?

Millions of children — even high school students like you! — were forced through their educations with no help from little computers in their pockets.

Imagine: These brave students actually had to open up books to find information.

That’s right — instead of a cheerily colored search engine logo, all they saw was words. Lots of words.

The horror! And it gets worse.

These students might have actually had to think about “The Great Gatsby” to understand what the green light represents as they couldn’t just ask their cellphone-inhabiting best friend, Sparknotes.

Forget that: They might have actually had to read “The Great Gatsby.”

Back then, there used to be this subject called “spelling.” (This archaic word is actually the root of “spell-check.”)

Students were forced to know the pattern of keys they had to press to form words.

But I forgot — they didn’t even have keys.

Forced to write out words like cavemen, students were required to know the order the letters came in.

Thank God there’s spell-check and autocorrect today, helpfully adding an apostrophe to “well” when I actually meant the adverb.

And, in ancient times, they had these large catalogs of words and their meanings as if someone needed to lug around a 20-pound dictionary.com.

They weren’t even user-friendly. One had to know the alphabet to find words in these artifacts.

How am I supposed to be able to know the order of 26 letters when I can barely remember my locker combination without looking at the note on my phone?

In the olden days, when finals came, students couldn’t refresh their phones as constantly as the school Wi-Fi allowed, eyes glued to the screens until they finally knew their grades.

Can you imagine actually having to wait more than an hour to know your test score?

Sometimes, the older generations call us “lazy.” How dare they when all we’re doing is using our resources?