When I was in primary school, long long time ago, I had to write this letter to a friend telling him about my vacation in somewhere I had never been. I had to imagine something that pleased the teacher and lie about how great it was there. I guess all students around the world had to do that. You too, I believe. Now it’s my son’s turn to do it. OK, not that simple.
My 12-year-old son was complaining about homework, about this same “classic”: write a letter to a friend and tell him about whatever…
So, he was saying: “why do I have to write a letter? Of what use will it be?”
Trying to make him go back to work, I told him: “letters can allow anyone to share stuff with his friends and family. It’s about sharing and making others appreciate the good moments life offers to all of us.”
Not really impressed, he answers back “Nobody is writing letters anymore! We all have Whatsapp.”
I told him: “everybody has to learn to describe in order to make others understand what they are talking about. Writing a letter is actually meant to teach you to find words to tell what you see.”
Son: “Who needs that today ? you can send a photo via Whatsapp!”
He took this photo and sent it to his friends on Whatsapp, Facebook, Messenger, Google+ and who knows where else!