I worry in these modern times, that children specifically and people generally, are forgetting how to hold and use manual writing tools. Printing and handwriting used to be taught in schools. No longer it seems, is that the case.

Prior to school, children would explore their imaginations on paper with crayons and pencils. Nowadays it’s all keypads, keyboards and fingers. Watching children and young people grip pencils and pens, trying go to used them, is an exercise in visual torture. They have no idea.

Neither have they have any idea in terms of letter size, shape and fluency of production when it comes to written symbols. Style is all over the place, Rafferty’s Rules apply and anything goes!

Computers are all fine. Voice technology is wonderful. But the ability to use pencil, pen and paper is backwards at a rate of knots. It is a real worry.

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