Handwriting

Canada
June 18, 2008 10:44am CST
Did you know that kids in school no longer have to learn how to handwrite?? That's the way it is where I live anyways. I couldn't believe it when I heard one of my younger cousins say " I don't know how to write" . I looked at her stunned "are you kidding me" I said. Apparently they just need to learn how to print and type on the computer. Maybe you will all think that I am crazy but I think that children should be taught how to write in school. What about you what do you think?
8 responses
• United States
20 Jun 08
Celestiamoon, My son just finished 3rd grade. Not only did his class learn cursive writing, when they finished learning all the letters/forms, they had to do all of their work in cursive for the rest of the year! I was pretty impressed with that, although a lot of the students could use more practise in print. Then again, I've been told that in fourth grade they go back to print for everything....I do think that they should be required to continue to practise this skill for as long as they can, so I don't think you're crazy at all:)
• United States
20 Jun 08
That is so cool! I'm glad your son did that. Ten % of the population is left-handed. I am glad to hear that someone has the coolest notes EVER! *LOL*
• Canada
21 Jun 08
I am glad that you don't think that I am crazy lol I am happy that your son learned to write in school but don't you think it is odd that they would switch them back to printing after they have learned how to hand-write?
• United States
22 Jun 08
Even the fourth grade teachers think it unwise that the students go back to printing after learning to write. That decision has been made somewhere higher up. I plan on having him continue to "write" at home.
@littleowl (7157)
21 Jun 08
Hi Celeste'-my grandson starts school in september and I went to the induction to the school with my daughter when being shown reound the school there computers on the tables and on the wall that teachers use-I was totally amazed and shocked-then my daughter said that her son had been using the computer at preschool for the past 2mnths!! Personally I think its a very sorry state of affairs and rather disgusting that children are not being taught how to use their brain etc rather than become reliant on all the technology we have these days at such a young age-your friend littleowl
• Canada
21 Jun 08
OMG are you kidding me?? Another are you kidding me moment lol I cannot believe it. What is this world coming to? I just made a response about being surprised that they don't already have children at computers and it seems that in some places they do. :O This school system is becoming a sad state.
@littleowl (7157)
21 Jun 08
Hi Celeste'-its true!! I wouldn't say it if it wasn't-my grandson will be more computer literate than me soon!!! as you say IT IS a sorry state of affairs-your friend littleowl
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Oh yes they do Penmenship was so good and I think they need to leran to write for it is becomeing a lost art now that they dont teach it any more thats dumb what id puers go out of style ! lol
• Canada
21 Jun 08
Yup I agree it is dumb and I like the way that you put it "a lost art"
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
24 Jun 08
yup a lost art is what it is for I always thought of it that way art when ya did the Os and made them look like a tunnel. I remeber practicing how to write alot
@qhwater (393)
• China
4 Jul 08
even though computer can help us most of the time. but i still think handwriting should be paid high attention. i myself do not have a good handwriting. everytime i saw other's nice handwriting, i admire them quite a lot. after my child go to school, i will definately ask him to excercise his handwriting until it is good enough.
• Canada
13 Jul 08
Yes sometimes I wish that my writing was a little prettier lol but it isn't horrible at all
@irishidid (8734)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Neither one of my younger two learned. My daughter wouldn't have been able to anyway so for her it makes no difference. I do find that they can't even read handwriting.
• Canada
13 Jul 08
Ya it just amazes me :\
@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
18 Jun 08
While I think that this is outrageous, I somehow don't feel surprised at all. I mean, this is something predictable, as technology develops and holds a deeper stronghold on our society. In fact, I've heard it before that a person actually said that in about 20 years down the road, all schools should be using computers and students don't have to handwrite anymore. I guess that's the "poison" of technology and we humans are really depending too much on it. I remember reading a comic book outlining this scenario, and humans' physical strength and ability will get weaker as they rely on robots and machines for their daily activities. I guess that's just the way we are heading unless the authorities really take some measures to overcome this. Let's start a protest!!!!
• Canada
21 Jun 08
Yep I don't agree with it but it does not surprise me at all. I am surprised that they don't have kids in front of computers all day yet.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I think that's outrageous! I would be pushing for the immediate firing of every school official involved in making that bonehead decision. Taking away a child's knowledge or a skill as important as written communication is something that no parent should stand still for.
• Canada
21 Jun 08
I agree that it is outragous ... I know that if my children don't learn it in school we will be learning it at home.
• United States
18 Jun 08
Personally, I hated hand-writting. I'm left handed and no matter how much Mom had me do the assignments, my writting never got better. The best I can do is name and pen-names and that's about it. I NEVER write to someone using cursive. I'll print and type. But, that's about it. However, you can really see why kids these days don't do that, with the computer and all. Assignments usually have to be done on the computer.