Antiquarian evidence would be especially helpful in this case.
In the 1960s it was suggested that the spelling system of British English needed to be discarded because it was "antiquarian" and we needed to "let in some light and fresh air."
What we ended up with was a generation of children, many of whom struggle, even now, to read and write.
Throw the baby out with the bath water. Who cares?
Hey ... you go for it. Find us a plasma tube.