Working with my 3rd grade son, I am starting to see with increasing clarity the "skills" of traditional schooling that aren't applicable in the modern world (or at least, not as crucial):
1. Cursive writing. PLEASE teach keyboarding and skip the cursive writing. I haven't used it in so many years and I can't read how my friends used to write it anyway (at any rate, they send me email or messages through FB)
2. Paper dictionaries. He has to look up words all the time for homework. I use my computer or iPhone, he has to use a paper book. It is like going to the library and using the old fashioned card catalogue vs. computer database. Not necessary!
3. I am also starting to doubt about so much emphasis on coins in school math. I hardly use any coins, particularly the penny and nickel. Quarters are useful for the parking meter, but I have a card for that. Vending machines use dollar bills now. I use ATM debit for most of my purchases. I am thinking that more emphasis on somewhat larger numbers and decimals instead of counting coins.
By the way, I am 47 years old and by some people's arbitrary definition, I am supposedly a digital immigrant. If so (which I doubt), then I long ago became a naturalized citizen in this digital world and embraces its potential far more than most "native born" digital citizens I know. My son is definitely following these tracks.