Tuesday, January 19, 2010

By Hand

Every so often I hear someone suggest that children shouldn't be taught handwriting anymore and my heart seizes just a little. Could computers really become so ubiquitous? Here's an article by Anne Trubek (via Light Reading) on the history of handwriting. Of it she writes:

"Handwriting slowly became a form of self-expression when it ceased to be the primary mode of written communication. When a new writing technology develops, we tend to romanticize the older one. The supplanted technology is vaunted as more authentic because it is no longer ubiquitous or official. Thus for monks, print was capricious and script reliable. So too today: Conventional wisdom holds that computers are devoid of emotion and personality, and handwriting is the province of intimacy, originality and authenticity."

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