Handwriting classes - Is there a need for them?

@jeeyah (1092)
Philippines
June 22, 2010 6:04am CST
We will be having a debate tomorrow regarding this topic, and I'm part of the "pro" group which supports the idea of having handwriting classes. Can you guys give me some points that can help our group? We already have some main points, by the way. I'm the 3rd speaker and I'll be talking about this point: Handwriting manifests the self, the very person unique in each of us. Handwriting as part of personality, it helps define the person, and it's a part of uniqueness. Can you guys give me some ideas on how I can further elaborate this? PLEASE HELP. :| Thank you!
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
22 Jun 10
Actually, I am against the hand writing classes. Everybody will have a specific style for himself that he develops by himself. If everybody should write alike, then we can't see any difference and that is impossible too. But I insist on legible writing and that is enough. We need not stress on the proper cuts and curves strictly. Though you have to speak about the pros, what is your personal opinion in this?
@jeeyah (1092)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
Well, if that's your view-point about "handwriting classes",
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@jeeyah (1092)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
(sorry I accidentally pressed the button without finishing).. anyway, we didn't really think of handwriting classes like that. We actually perceived it to be a battle between technology & handwriting. So our main point in why we need to pursue handwriting classes is so that we can encourage this generation to still "write". Because nowadays, handwriting isn't really common anymore and a lot of people find it quite hard to write that they would just prefer typing.
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@srganesh (6349)
• India
22 Jun 10
Oh! You are concerned about writing with hands itself? That means, you want to bring an awareness about writing with hands. Then, I can give a valid point. Writing with your hands give your fingers a good exercise. And your expressions can be felt personal and not just mechanical.
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@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
22 Jun 10
We may or may not need handwriting classes. But there are people who need training and retraining in fine motor skills. Writing is just a part of that training as it is of fine motor skills. If you need to know people through their handwriting then I think that's a different class. As in art therapy it may benefit the clients you serve through 'reading' their handwriting.
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@jeeyah (1092)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
Thanks! I will add that up in our argument. I hope you don't mind. :)
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
22 Jun 10
Sounds like a good topic for a discussion/debate. All the best jeeyah.
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@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
well i think that you need your writing to be readable. i think this is one of the main points in "pro" and a defense for handwriting to be the persons personality and such. I think everybody should understand that even if your writing has personality its useless if no one can understand it. There is a lot of difference from writing to drawing.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Jun 10
I have LOUSY handwriting. I took penmanship in school when I was a kiddo, and it really didn't help much. Honestly, when I was in 11th grade, I realized I couldn't read my own handwriting and started printing again. Now my printing is evolving into a form of cursive, but at least I can READ it! Mind you, I've been printing now for 40 years...
• Israel
22 Jun 10
We learned cursive in 3rd grade. By 5th grade I, and only I was allowed to print. My writing was that bad. I didn't know it at the time, but there are actually real reasons why my writing is bad. It's not just lazy carelessness. Messy writing I can read, no problem. I find it hard to read when people don't form the letters the right way using the strokes in the right order.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Jun 10
I did cursive, but to read it I had to write so slowly I knew my notes wouldn't get taken in college even in college, I never tried to write down every word, I kind of took outlines of the instructor's lectures, worked pretty good for me
@dian21 (606)
• Philippines
23 Jun 10
I am pro the handwriting class because. It doesn't necessarily mean that this class will make our handwritings alike. But at least it can be practiced to make it pleasant to read or at least to be readable. So that anyone who'll read you handwriting will have no difficulty reading it. It not only saves time but also your effort to explain what you wrote.
• India
23 Jun 10
wow jeeyah this is really a good topic to be discussed on..specially handwritting becomes a big problem to deal with by the teachers lol..yeah you are absolutely right handwritting describes a persons personality..again in the various important examinations in education field...handwritting is a very important aspect..for eg in india the class 10th madhyamik exam..people say giving a good handwritting there is very important because it changes the mood of the examiner...bad handwritting can irritate the examiner and he may check the paper lazily and may give bad marks again for good handwritting extra marks are meant...so handwritting also helps to shape up a persons career..so handwritting classes are really very important for evrey child nowadays...i completely support you :)
• New Zealand
23 Jun 10
You're doing a debate, and looks like you've got your proes all good and ready to go. Now, let's explore the cons and how you can combat them. ------Handwriting classes - why we don't need them----- 1. Most people use the internet nowadays to write letters or send emails. So why care? 2. It won't help you get a job. So why practise it?
@naka75 (797)
• Singapore
23 Jun 10
The strokes of the handwriting in fact also includes the pressure applied onto the paper, the orientation of the words whether they are equally spaced, close to each other, leaning to the left or right, gives telltale signs of the person's character. Companies and corporations could use this analysis to do employee profiling.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
22 Jun 10
I believe there is a need for handwriting classes. I would be one of the first students in line. I have never had pretty handwriting. Thank goodness for the age of the computer.
@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Jun 10
jeeyah Heres another point that might help. Handwriting experts have been able to prove or disprove that one person did the handwriting instead of a different person. Sometimes a person 'who is falsely accused of some thing can be found not guilty because the handwriting that had been decleared to be hers 'was not at all hers.Also on the other hand it can be proved that someone falsified records because their handwriting did not jibe with that of the person holding said records. In other words handwiting experts can show when someone is innocent or guilty of forgery and doctoring the books in some cases.