I found someone who still claims to write letters. Wow. And I'm assuming that we're not just talking about the occasional birthday card or note accompanying a box of hand-me-downs, but actually letters. Like they used to do back in the 80's.
The letter writer (concerning my recent thrill concerning the prospects of the imminent death of voice-mail):
I don't understand this post. Are you saying that we should all communicate electronically? Goodbye to letters and phone calls and hello to only emails and tweets? Whoa. I'll pass.
Thank goodness the pony express managed to get me this message only minutes after I posted my original comment online!
Kidding aside, no one is trying to take away your letters or phone calls (though I, for one, probably won't be able to read your handwriting and I really don't have time to gab on the phone). Moreover, in terms of being an effective teacher-communicator, I definitely see little use for voice-mail. Email and Tweets are ample and effective ways for sharing information quickly with parents. I've been boycotting voice-mail for six years now and have never had a problem effectively communicating with a parent.
And I could only imagine that were I to leave messages on their voice-mails, they'd just be deleted anyway; email gives me a clear record of what was sent/said/responded-to and when it happened. Which means more accountability and less excuses both for the parents and for me.