Whatever the reasons behind the collapse of handwriting, college students no longer think it is their responsibility to write legibly. Give a regular blue book exam and a dozen students or so will warn you that their “handwriting is terrible” as if that is something for which the professor now has to take responsibility.
Readers: should handwriting be taught? And if students can’t do it, should there be remedial handwriting classes in college?
My sister, who taught AP English for seven years, teaches her three sons handwriting as part of their homeschool curriculum. These young lads have stellar penmanship and it always astounds me how well they write.
But even more surprising is the joy they receive from recording experiments in their field journals and adventure logs. I’m not sure if the craft of penmanship is connected explicitly to their joy, but I have to believe the instruction they received and the creative world that opened up as a result of this new “tool” should be something every kid should experience.
I don’t have great handwriting, but there’s something earthen and “real” about writing words with my hand in my journal.
Our lives are spinning at the mind-blowing speed of technology. Let’s dare to make time to surrender and rest in stillness, silence and inner solitude—letting change take root in us, so that change might happen in the world.
In the poetic, enlightened words, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~ Rumi
(photo credit: Danielle Powell)