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HANDWRITING: A NECESSARY SKILL

Updated on August 8, 2010

REPORT CARDS:

Most adults know that handwriting was part of the course on a day-to-day-basis in elementary school. Many of us baby-boomers also know that handwriting/penmanship was also given a grade on report cards! Those dips, curves and swerves had to be done properly so your handwriting could be read by others.

IS CLASSROOM HANDWRITING VANISHING:

Handwriting is no longer a set protocol for classroom teaching these days. So most young students are now getting only a few days of learning this important skill. The rest is up to the students themselves (combined with the help of parents) and others. Practice, practice and more practice is necessary to be done on the students own time. And practice will be necessary as teachers will assign work deemed to be done in cursive writing only.

 

HANDWRITING/THE THINKING PROCESS

We tend to use our thinking process more when using pen/pencil and paper. We are more enlightened in our thinking. Since the only options when a mistake is made, is to erase (sometimes frequently), apply liquid-paper (to white out the mistake) or to completely start over again (which can be frustrating); we tend to choose our words more carefully. There is no 'delete' or 'backspace' button. Therefore, our thinking is more challenged. There is also the need to know the skill of handwriting should there be an electrical outage and the use of a computer is not an option.

PART-1 LEARN Alphabet ABCD Read+Write Individually by marufcanada

Those Important Papers

Although many applications can be filled out on-line, there are still companies who require an application to be filled out by hand. And even when filled out digitally, once pinted out, your signature is still required. This also applies for signing receipts after a credit/debit purchase, money orders, check-writing, health-care/insurance papers and much more.

We should all work towards proving the critics wrong. As this generation of students are being known as those who do not know how to write, especially in cursive. Learning this skill will give our current and future students added confidence to seek employment as well as furthering their education and business opportunities.

PART 2-LEARN Alphabet ABCD Read+Write Individually by marufcanada

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    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      IdeaMorphist: Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub. I believe both sides of your brain had a growth of maturity per say, LOL, and this advancement improved your handwriting skills and your motor skills. Good for you!!! Have a good day!!!

      Mythilik: I know exactly what you mean! That was one of the reasons for me writing this hub. I too always had what many people said was 'beautiful' handwriting, and it had become such that I could not recognize my own handwriting as well. Then I started asking my daughter and her friends questions and remembering when she was in elementary school and came to know that not much emphasis is placed on this great skill any longer. A great motivation for this hub. I hope that you decided to spend a few moments each or every other day to improve your writing skills and awaken those skills that for some, technology seems to gear in slow motion. You've still got it, wake it up. Best of luck and thanks for commenting. Have a great day!

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      MythiliK 

      7 years ago from India --> Switzerland

      I had an excellent hand writing that my friends always used to tell that I get few extra score because of my handwriting. They could be true. I secured university ranks in both my bachelor and master degrees.

      But now, after the laptop era, my touch with pen and paper became almost nill and now I am not able to recognize my own handwritings at times :-(

    • IdeaMorphist profile image

      IdeaMorphist 

      8 years ago from Chicagoland

      I always used to get low scores in everything but handwriting. Also, once older it became way more neat and legible, but I also became ambidextrous... any thoughts?

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Eileen: Thanks for your comments. Old school will never really be old, as we still need them to back up all digital content (imo). Thanks for visiting/commenting.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Like you say it is a dying art, like spelling without computers and calculators our children cannot spell nor write.

      This in my opinion is definitely wrong. We need to go back to the old school and learn everything without computers then and only then be allowed to use them. Great hub thanks

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Hello katiem2!: Glad you revisited and you've decided to improve. I was always complemented on my handwriting, but found myself lagging behind as well. So, you're not alone. Best of luck to both of us!! Have a great day!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Just had to come back and check out the handwriting hub, I think about it often now sense you created this thoughtful page on handwriting and I've realized while my Mother writes like an artist, I write like a doctor, hummmm working on it and making progress it is a dying craft... oh how sad.

    • Support Med. profile imageAUTHOR

      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      dallas93444: Thanks for visiting and commenting. The point is you do know how to write in cursive, many young people do not these days. Although you prefer to print, I am certain you know how to signature(cursive). Peace.

      LillyGrillzit: Glad you enjoyed this hub! Computers/internet is great, but we should not lose sight of the basics. There are times when I feel like 'writing' takes too much time. I had to re-think this when I found my own handwriting slacking because I felt it was too time consuming. Now, I'm back to the basics. Thanks. Have a great day!

      FirstStepsFitness: I remember those days and wish today's students had the same academic generosity. Thanks for visiting.

      Pamela99: You are so right. The penmanship of many in the 1700's was absolutely beautiful. No doubt it came from much practice, and many excelled in calligraphy as well(absolutely beautiful)!! And a personal touch added to a letter or card is priceless. Enjoyed your comments! Have a wonderful day!

      Kate Gladstone: Thanks for the resources. Have a good one!

      katiem2: Thanks for your comments and yes, penmanship is an art. There is much history there. Have a good day!

      Lady_E:I am certain that as a teacher, you have seen from first hand experience just how much our students are in need of help in this area. I really do not like the students have been labeled as such, especially since they have had so many to contribute to their 'not knowing.' It's time, for their own academic/college and work related good to become more assertive/serious about all areas of their education, even penmanship. Thank-you for visiting/commenting and hope you have a wonderful/prosperous day!!!

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      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting and Yes, it's an important/necessary skill. I agree with what you wrote: "As this generation of students are being known as those who do not know how to write, especially in cursive." I look at students writing these days and they have made up their own letters. The "Rs" are back to front and that's just one example and some don't even write on the lines anymore...

      Glad you wrote this Hub. :)

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh Yes handwriting is a very necessary skill. My Mother has the most beautiful penmanship, it's an art few appreciate as much as they should. Great hub!

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      Kate Gladstone 

      8 years ago

      Some handwriting resources:

      http://www.Krunchd.com/Handwriting

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Support Med, I think not teaching penmanship is a big mistake. I have papers from the 1700's where people had almost no education written with beautiful script.

      I know computers and various gadgets take much of the need away for daily penmanship, but how do you make out a grocery list, or how do you address greeting cards. A sympathy or get well card will seem a bit cold without something personal written to the person. This was an excellent topic for a hub and I rate it up!

    • FirstStepsFitness profile image

      FirstStepsFitness 

      8 years ago

      Yes a good reminder indeed , we were actually graded on our penmanship up until grade 5 . We had booklets to hand in and practiced during class as well .

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      The increased use of computers and the internet has turned my script into sub-grade penmenship...thank you for reminding us how much emphasis was put on writing neatly and beautifully...:0)

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      My writing is not good. Notwithstanding I received an "Outstanding" Handwriting Certificate in the 6th grade. I print... Works for me... Thanks for sharing great information...

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