Today’s students do not need to learn the art of handwriting! Okay? Sorry. I said it and I really believe it.
Here’s the back story for my full-blown, "haterade."
My blood pressure was at its peak today when I got involved in a healthy discussion about how today’s students can’t write. Here are a few blurbs from the discussion: Well, they can write, but not "neat enough." Their work is illegible. They text too much. The laptop is the blame, so we have to be firmer with the expectations.
Will we ever accept the fact that today’s students may not even need to know how to write – the way we were taught. Just for a moment, take a look at their world – outside of school. When are they ever "writing?" They’re texting, Aim-ing, Facebook-ing, Twitter-ing, etc. Did I miss anything?
NOTE: I am sure there are some exceptions. And I am also sure if the technology stopped working, then what? And point well taken.
Now look at their future, 10, even 20 years from now, WHEN will they EVER write? Which makes me wonder if that’s why it’s not being taught as much in schools? But yet there’s an expectation for NEATNESS. hmmm
Even the other day, my pharmacy prescription – which just last month was written in scribble scrabble – was now a legible printout.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE when I see beautiful handwriting, and my mother has the best. But she’s also from an earlier generation whereby beautiful handwriting was the expectation.Students developed mastery year after year, not just K-3 grades.
Back to schools of today…if students aren’t learning to master handwriting as an art – with daily drills – then they should not be penalized when they "can’t write neatly." imho of course.
If you know of any handwriting experts, feel free to set me straight –> nicely, though.