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写信:让笔尖回归纸张 Letter-writing: the return of pen to pa

更新时间:2012-11-21    来源/发布:www.en369.cn    作者/编辑:英语作文网

What’s this on my door-mat? A handwritten letter from an old university friend. Alleluia! It stands out among the bills and junk mail like a diamond in a pig sty. Given its rarity, the Government should be applauded for announcing that the new secondary school curriculum will include instruction at Key Stage 3 in drafting “personal and business letters using the correct form”.

Not before time, some would say. Letter-writing skills have fallen off so steeply in the age of emails and text messages that many pupils leave school barely able to write a letter for a job application, let alone master more subtle forms of correspondence, such as letters of condolence.

You can’t turn back the clock, but you can make a principled stand in defence of old-fashioned values, and this is a textbook case. Someone who leaves school unable to compose a letter is going into the adult world naked. And if teachers don’t ram home that message, who else will?

Usually, it does not matter whether someone can write a letter or not – other means of communication will serve. And with computerised spell-checks available to spare the illiterate their blushes, people can get by for years without the kind of letter-writing skills that would have been second nature to their parents.

But it is the rare occasion that matters – that complex human situation that cannot be negotiated with a simple tweet or text.

 

 

 Sealed with a kiss: ink is back, and not before time, says Max Davidson - Letter-writing: the return of pen to paper

 

在我门垫上的这玩意是啥?一封来自大学旧友的亲笔信。天啊!这封信混在账单和垃圾信件中间简直就像是沙子里的黄金一样耀眼。最近政府宣布新的中学课程安排将会在第三学习阶段加入如何写出“正确格式的个人和商务信函”的教学,这是十分罕见的,鉴于这点,我们得给政府鼓鼓掌。

 

 

也许有人会说,早该如此了。写信这项技能在如今的电邮和短信时代几乎被遗忘殆尽,很多学生毕业后也只是能勉勉强强写一封求职信,更不用说叫他们写那些比较委婉的信件,譬如吊唁信。

 

 

事已至此,再追悔也无用,不过在守护这些传统价值时我们可以坚持自己的原则立场,这是必须的。一个学生毕业后连一封信也不会写就如同光着身子进入了社会。如果连老师都不向学生们灌输这样的道理,那还有谁会呢?

 

 

一般情况下,会不会写信对普通人来说关系不大,因为还有其他的通讯手段可以满足人们的需求。在能让文盲免于出丑的拼写检查技术的帮助下,很多人即使不会写信也可以混着过日子,而对于他们的父母那一代人来说写信可以说是他们的第二天性。

 

 

但是在某些特殊的时刻,写信这项技能就显得很重要了,比如当事情复杂到无法用一条微博或者短信来表达时。

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