I have to admit that my letterer’s heart sinks a little when I think about the prospect of schools no longer teaching handwriting to students. Truthfully, young children are growing up more attached to their portable electronic devices than ever (even toddlers these days know how to swipe their finger across a screen to play interactive games). So is writing by hand going the way of the dinosaur?
I remember learning the Palmer method of handwriting in school, and even before that, asking my mother to teach me to write like her. I loved her cursive script – the old school Catholic handwriting, which she no doubt learned from the nuns themselves, slanted slightly to the right. There was something elegant and refined about it.
(No, I wasn’t actually *this* young when I started learning, but I apparently always had a writing tool in the appropriate hand. 😉
Even if you don’t handwrite something each day, but rather use computers, iPads, etc. to get the job done, learning to write by hand and even to read historical documents that were hand-rendered in centuries past has immeasurable value. So I encourage students to keep learning. If you are a parent, teach your kids to write by hand!
What are your opinions on the teaching of handwriting? Leave your thoughts and comments below – I look forward to hearing from you!