Scottish school teaches writing with fountain pen

@Idlewild (6105)
United States
December 10, 2006 12:16pm CST
A school in Edinburgh has started teaching students the lost art of writing with a fountain pen. Although it offers facilities for computer lessons, the school has instructed students to replace their ballpoint pens with fountain pens starting at age 7. The principal says that fountain pens "improve the quality of work because they force the children to take care, and better work improves self-esteem," noting that good handwriting is still important today.
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@brokentia (10397)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I think it is a great idea to teach the children to take care with their writing. I am sure they must also be learning patience as writing with a fountain pen creates a type to take one's time AND it also takes a bit more time for the ink to dry. Wow...can you imagine all the smudges? LOL I personally prefer the fountain pen. But I have to admit, it is more of a mess that can create a situation with one's clothes that would have them thrown away. On the flip side though...computers are the a big part of the growing world. As each generation grows, they seem to be more reliant on computers. To stop the children from using computer, can actually hurt them from growing with the rest of the world. As I am sure they do not stop it completely...rather maybe they should intergrate the proper wording when typing. As I have come to notice, the genreations are typing with words that are not really words and sometimes comes across as baby talk. I do hope this will be taught in school that it is improper use. Cuz dat iz weelly annoyin.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I used a fountain pen when I was a kid, just for fun and the old-fashionedness of it all. Maybe one other kid in my class used it. Good handwriting is definitely a plus--not everything can be done on a computer, as I recently learned when I filled out a 6-page job application by hand with a pen.