I agree with you about the arts--too many schools are too concerned about teaching to the standardized tests to worry about music, art, history, science or P.E. (despite my utter loathing for P.E.). Schools live and die by standardized test scores, so they figure as long as enough of the student body passes (by fair means or foul), they're in the clear.
You are also not alone in feeling like an old poop watching little kids text at blinding speed. I text very little and rather slowly, and my big fingers feel so clumsy on those touch-screen smart phones. I bought three CDs at the merch table for Peelander Z at the Vinyl Music Hall in my hometown, and the girl (who is also a band member) used her smart phone with a card-reader app and tiny slider device to process my payment. I felt like the stereotypical big clumsy American as I'm entering info and trying to sign my name with my finger on the screen. My twin nephews aren't old enough to use smart phones, but I'm sure they'll be like those girls in your blog entry.
Hell, too many schools are more concerned with supporting their athletic programs than they are supporting their art programs. Nothing against sports, but I do believe the arts deserve as fare a shake.
Where I live, you can get license plates of your kid's high school logo, initials, or mascot, and every one of those drivers bought them to support the football teams. I don't begrudge football either, but I'd like to see a license plate for a high school's thespian society.
Very cool. All of it. My two favorites are 1. That my commission made to the blog and 2. the work protesting how public schools treat the arts. There have been various studies that show kids need art as much as science, mathematics, english and history, history has shown that the growth of a country/society in science is proportionate to its growth in the arts, look at Greece, Rome. Take away the arts and you take away kids futures. What next? Cut history because kids don't need to learn the past, cut science, cut everything down until its nothing but math and sports.
I used to attend and sometimes help out on Free Comic Book Day had a falling out with the only comic store that does it here locally over an item I paid for and ordered and never recieved so I normally get my free books i want online....through ebay.......and no longer free