The Droning Voice wants to point out that, back in 1889, cursive handwriting was taught to First Graders. Also that something called a “slate” was used in writing, which The Droning Voice assumes is a kind of personal chalkboard. She personally thinks going back to slates would be an excellent idea, cutting back on expensive technology AND “selfies”.
She also gleaned from the text that every boy appeared to carry a “penknife” to school, and, not only was he not hauled off in handcuffs, but being in possession of one was considered a completely normal accessory, if not a compulsory one.
There are examples of Letter Writing, which clearly indicate that not only were State abbreviations NOT standardized (some only had one letter, while others had four), but there weren’t even Zip Codes. Oh, and somehow a child could expect that a letter sent one day would be received the next. At least, that is the impression given by “Long’s New Language Exercises.” I’m sure these children grew up to be bitter, and forever scarred, that nobody showed up to their tea party – since their invitation came a week after said event.
The Droning Voice admits to having to re-record one section several times due to her inner 12 year-old snickering, though that may be doing a disservice to the many mature, not to say experienced, 12 year-olds out there. The Droning Voice was a late bloomer. ‘Nuff said.
Pleasant virginal dreams!
Here is a sample of Long’s New Language Exercises:
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