This whole argument is a fallacy based on absolute ignorance of *actual* human behavior, history, and even basic linguistics.
Ok. Let's see point by point.
>Children have had calculators for *decades*, and still learn how to do math in their heads. (In fact, students today are actually being expressly taught the methods that work best for doing math in your head, instead of having to stumble across the methods on their own. That accounts for about 90% of the 'Common Core suxxors' arguments you see out there.)
Common core teaches children a method to understand what a math problem means. Only problem is that it is basically a "let's count on our fingers" method and it has not been shown to produce an adult with a good working ability with math. It probably won't make a difference seeing that they will all have a calculating device in their pocket. (Odds are they are one EMP or lack of a charge station from helplessness.)
California has been allowing children to use calculators in class as early as 4th grade which misses the whole point of math classes in school. The point IS NOT to get the correct answer. The point is to pound basic mathematics (including the time tables) into their heads so they have a chance of remembering how to do the math when they are 40.
People have had contact lists for *centuries*, and still remember names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, etc. Storing the list electronically is no different than storing it on paper, except that if you lose your electronic device, you can probably recover all that information instead of having to painstakingly replace it over the course of the next few years.
Yeah, this argument is so obviously wrong. Twenty plus years ago the average adult had a minimum of 20 phone numbers in their head. Now you have "functioning adults" who don't remember their home phone number. If you have a smartphone, put it to the side and write down all the phone numbers that you can remember. You will prove my point.
Apparently you think that manipulating a clutch with your foot and a lever with your hand is what 'driving' means. Strangely enough, people have driven vehicles that lacked *both* of those for *centuries* before they were invented, and are *still* driving vehicles in which manual access to those controls isn't required.
You can poo-poo using a clutch but for starters: Name one single attribute of driving that is improved by using an automatic transmission.
Driving a clutch will teach a driver to manage the engine power which is required for any level of true car control. It allows you to shift the weight and the balance around so the driver is controlling it instead of simply reacting to it. If you don't understand what this all means I have to say, "Exactly. You are proving my point."
Driving like all arts is all about the subtle things. Probably the most subtle thing you can do driving is drive on ice or snow. If you have a chance (with your automatic) pull up to a complete stop where the surface is glazed by sliding tires and drips coming off cars. Now go back and as you get near put the car in neutral and see how much quicker it stops without skidding a tire. The difference at really low speeds is huge. (Now you can try to figure out WHY?)
Automatic transmissions reinforce a bunch of bad habits.
- Not coming to a complete halt at a stop sign is a common one (nope a little bit of roll isn't the same thing).
- Delayed acceleration of a second or two comes from the delay you get when you step on the gas. That "second or two" is a surprisingly big contributor to traffic congestion on large freeways.
Take a backup of 50 cars and add a 1 or more second delay to each one's acceleration. Yeah, it is a problem. The other bit is that it can influence a person's driving mindset to delay other seemingly unrelated driving behaviors. You will tend to see a corresponding delay in braking. This generates the rubber band, wave effect that will take a smooth flowing freeway and reduce it to stop-n-go. When you are driving look for drivers that have stopped late and are noticeably in the crosswalk.There will be a tendency for them to apply the accelerator slowly and a bit late and obviously they have stopped a bit late.
(Driving trick: When you come up to a multi lane signal with one car in each lane, look for a car that has stopped a small respectful distance from the crosswalk. They are your best bet for a car that will take off quicker! Too far from the crosswalk is probably a timid or unengaged driver and in the crosswalk is an "everything happens 2 seconds late" driver.)
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