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PENMANSHIP: A LOST ART

Noun: The art or skill of writing by hand

I’ve posted about my handwriting before, but every now and then I feel guilty for not being able to write in cursive. Came across this article, thought I would share some points from it.

For the record, the term chicken scratch came into existence when I handed in my first ever cursive writing homework assignment; my teacher was big on farm animal references, yes..her last name was McDonald.

Anyways here are some excerpts from the article…


Mourning the Death of Handwriting

by Claire

"I can’t remember how to write a capital Z in cursive. The rest of my letters are shaky and stiff, my words slanted in all directions. It’s not for lack of trying. In grade school I was one of those insufferable girls who used pink pencils and dotted their i's with little circles. I experimented with different scripts, and for a brief period I even took the time to make two-story a's, with the fancy overhang used in most fonts (including this magazine's). But everything I wrote, I wrote in print. I am a member of Gen Y, the generation that shunned cursive. And now there is a group coming after me, a boom of tech-savvy children who don't remember life before the Internet and who text-message nearly as much as they talk. They have even less need for good penmanship. We are witnessing the death of handwriting.”

'Cursive started to lose its clout back in the 1920s, when educators theorized that because children learned to read by looking at books printed in manuscript rather than cursive, they should learn to write the same way. By World War II, manuscript, or print writing, was in standard use across the U.S. Today schoolchildren typically learn print in kindergarten, cursive in third grade. But they don't master either one. Over the decades, daily handwriting lessons have decreased from an average of 30 minutes to 15.”

"Except for physicians — whose illegible handwriting on charts and prescription pads causes thousands of deaths a year — penmanship has almost no bearing on job performance."

The last part made me laugh hah, those prescriptions!

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