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Saturday, April 12, 2008

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Carole Rule

As a handwriting analyst I deplore the loss of handwriting and also appreciate the sub-conscious messages in proper handwriting teaching. The oval letters are likened to the mouth and should be closed, the retracing of stems teaches impulse control, the loops of the e in particular to listen and be open to new ideas and opinions, and the teaching of the three sections or zones of the letters to be even is to maintain a balance in life and personality. Too many people now seem to think handwriting is a thing of the past and unnecessary because of technology but the things we learn in the early years are the most imoportant as they shape the rest of our life.

melly

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liv

This is an great article. Writing was a skill asiduously taught in the Eastern European country I'm coming from - fifty minutes every day in the first grade, and then two hours of calligraphy a week in the second and third grade. I was taught calligraphy in connection with story structure, syntax, and vocabulary. It sounds complicated for third grade, but it was taught in such easy terms (or maybe my teacher was awesome) that I didn't have any problems grasping it as a child. I think I was very fortunate to get the basic kernel of written communication "package" early because that gave me plenty of time to adapt it to my own way of thinking and my needs. Since I was taught to formulate and "hold" full sentences in my head I also credit those calligraphy lessons with their double emphasis of form and content for making me a good public speaker.

Rob O.

Based on articles I've read, I had the impression that handwriting had been phased out of most elementary schools' curriculums.

Like others here, I feel that, in passing this skill by, we're putting children at a disadvantage later in life. That's especially sad considering that many school officials are cited as saying that they are pushing this aside to make room for computer-skills training.

I can understand the value of teaching keyboarding skills in school — every day, I see firsthand how not being able to type well (or at all) hinders people in the workplace. But I worry about making computer-use skills such a priority for young children. Could computers, in fact, be a barrier to kids learning to think creatively and solve problems? Are we naive to assume that technology will magically equate to a more efficient learning environment for children?

Kate Gladstone

What makes Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian "italicized"? Those of us who teach actual italic handwriting styles regard Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian as neither actual italic nor "italicized."

Karlie Rinere

It breaks my heart to see kids that can't write legibly and struggle with basic grasp patterns. This is a great article that points out how important writing is!

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