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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Pen and Paper (07/17/14)

TITLE: Boys Will Be Boys
By Pam Ford Davis
07/21/14


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1940… Teacher: “James, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, ‘I will not pull girl’s hair ribbons.”

1950… Teacher: “Donald, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, ‘I will not chew gum in class.”

1960…Teacher: “Norman, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, ‘I will not throw paper airplanes in class.”

1970… Teacher: “Steven, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, ‘I will not read comic books in class.”

1980… Teacher: “Chad, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, I will not sleep during class.”

1990… Teacher: “Josh, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, ‘I will not be disrespectful to my teacher.”

2000… Teacher: “Noah, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, ‘I will not bring my Game Boy to class.”

2010… Teacher: “Andy, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, ‘I will not text during class.”

2020… Teacher: “Matt, take out a pen and paper. Write five hundred times, ‘I will not wear Hoodies to class.”

Matt… “What’s pen and paper?”


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/24/14
This is charming. It made me smile. Oh I remember having to write in school, though sometimes it was on the chalkboard not on paper. You did a great job.
Lynda Schultz 07/24/14
Sad but true!
Dannie Hawley 07/25/14
Delightful read! I can see this coming, too. When years ago a seven-year-old friend of my young nephew stood right by their old, black rotary-dial phone and asked where he could find a phone to call home, we were shocked. Now, however, my six-year-old great-niece (daughter of my nephew) has no idea that there are phones that don't fit in one's pocket! Yup, the times, they are a changin'. Your article has perfect timing and prophetic... maybe? Nice job.
Carolyn Ancell07/25/14
This was funny, an enjoyable read. but it's not just boys. I have heart-tightening memories of the times I had to write 500 times things like "I will listen in class" (I tended -- still do -- to have my head in the clouds).
Camille (C D) Swanson 07/25/14
Great stuff here!
Unique and fun...and sadly, possibly a prediction of what's to come. As is, pen and paper is fast becoming a lost art!

God bless~
Joyce Krznaric 07/28/14
HA! so true. loved it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/31/14
Congratulations for ranking 24 overall! Happy Dance!