Is Penmanship Obsolete?

Is it still worth the time for children to learn cursive handwriting in this day of computers? What do you think?

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DAily HandwritingRemember learning  to print when you were very young, and later switching to cursive writing,which also had to be learned? Many of us were raised before children had access to keyboards and we learned to use typewriters when we got to high school, unless we didn’t want to. So our entire elementary school success depended on our ability to write with pen or pencil on paper. Even in college we used composition books for tests. 

Today things have really changed. Some schools believe cursive writing is obsolete and no longer worth teaching in the schools.  Has Handwriting Become Extinct? explains some of the reasons that it’s still worthwhile to learn this skill.  The lost art of handwriting | Life and style | theguardian.com also makes a case for keeping and making an effort to retain this skill. It seems to be especially valuable in helping us organize our thinking and in helping those who are beginning to suffer from memory loss. Seemingly writing our lists and notes by hand imprints them more firmly in our minds.

What do you think? Is handwriting obsolete or not?

If you need materials for teaching cursive writing, here’s a good place to start

 

Author: Barbara Radisalvjeivc

I have been reading since the age of three, and still use books to relax or learn something new. I sold books in a store and online and on the road for a total of 30 years, and now I enjoy recommending my favorites to others.

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