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There's a good reason it's fallen to Clarks to teach children to speak

Jan 31, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

News that Clarks shop assistants are to be taught how to talk to their youngest customers - in an effort to tackle a concerning decline in the ability of some pre-school children to string a sentence together - is at once a source of cheer and dismay.

Dismay because I assumed people skills would be par for the course in a shoe shop. Cheer, because in our hyperconnected age there's a risk of an entire generation growing up fluent in Fortnite but unable to maintain eye contact or conduct a c...