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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Penmanship is at trouble because of technology

I have a 6th grader that at first, he was trying to learn cursive all by himself but then everything stopped and no teacher at his current school has been able to teach him how to do the handwriting. He struggles a lot to keep up with his daily classwork and the loads of homework he has to do as a regular basis. By the contrary he feels pretty much comfortable writing through the computer or messaging in his cell phone. Does that mean schools should still focus on handwriting? Double answer, right!

Think about the careers that students in the sixth grade are most likely to have as adults, I am not sure that I can picture picture anywhere handwriting plays a vital role. Why? Because technology will most-likely be an integral part of most jobs, if not when they graduate, surely throughout their lifetime.

There is a problem with the penmanship though, as Valentine comes, I can't imagine the pleasure of curling up with a diary where girls register what was like his first kiss. Love letters will never stop being written, by hand, on paper, and sealed with a kiss. On the other hand, and as long as students are in school, they will need to write legibly transcripts. Tests and journals will be written for grades. If teachers cannot read the writing, or have to struggle to understand it, students' grades will suffer. Even though handwriting is not graded, it could affect many scores.

If you feel conflicted on the double answer, read what the author of Script and Scribble says, "Penmanship isn’t dead. It’s not feeling great, it’s struggling to breathe, it’s limping along. But we can keep it alive. And we should."

So, as Mr. McGuire puts it, one must consider if handwriting is just a distraction. Although this is a skill taught in school, one could question if keyboarding is a more relevant skill. What do you have to say?

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