HAS TEACHING HANDWRITING BEEN CONSIGNED TO THE EDUCATIONAL WPB?

LITERACY – FROM PENCIL AND PAPER TO KEYBOARDS AND PRINTERS. Part 2

This is what it has become.

Fast forward to 2016 and the age of the iPad and computer. With the ascension of this technology the more traditional forms of written communication have largely taken a back seat. Pencil and pen have given way to keyboards and handwriting has become de-emphasised.

In many schools in many systems, handwriting lessons are no longer taught. Correct letter formation, word, phrases and sentence construction are not part of the curriculum. Rather children from very young ages use keyboards for test construction.

Part of the technology may be the embedding of spellchecks and grammatical fixers. This means that the text presented is correct in every detail, but without the creator having any idea or appreciation about the mistakes made during the word processing exercise. I believe that if word processing is being used, these corrective devices need to be turned off, so that errors in printed text are highlighted and have to be thought about for correction.

While supporting the notion of communication being enhanced by technology, I rue the fact that handwriting – pen, pencil, posture and paper – has been and continues to be relegated.

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