Kitty Burns Florey on the Rise and Fall of Handwriting

February 8, 2013

With so much curriculum to get through in school - should we still be teaching handwriting, especially when we live in a world with keyboards and autocorrect?  Kitty Burns Florey says - yes!  She's a novelist, editor and the author of the book "Script and Scribble."



Probably one of the best arguments for good handwriting is the need to re-read your own notes. Even if you type your story, research paper or whatever you most likely had to take notes with a pen or pencil. If it is written sloppily it's a real drag deciphering what you wrote. Even if you can read it if it's slop it's a drag.

Maybe this Apple iBook will add another perspective to the future of handwriting: THE DIGITAL RISE OF HANDWRITING AND ILLUSTRATION

I've kept a journal on and off for years, not so much so that i could go back and read, though it has happened from time to time, but just because i like getting my thoughts down on the page. i tried keeping a digital journal, but hand-written always works for the feelings that i have to write. interestingly, my writing has evolved over the years, and i'm still changing, even though i'm 38 years old [and work as a freelance writer online].

i decide one day i don't like the way my "1" [one] looks, too much like an "l" [ell], so i practiced writing random numbers until it was natural. i recently decided that i like the way that "a" and "g" appear in the Arial font, so i practiced writing those letters in words that contain them. I've lost track of how many times i have hand-written "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" in both all-caps and all-lower case!

I ought to post some of this online :)

B. Jerew
Freelance Writer

"There is no such thing as a fool-proof system. Someone will make a better fool, tomorrow."

Also, great show. People NEED to learn how to write.

B. Jerew

I am stunned that the educational system does not value handwriting. I think it "being a waste of time" is very subjective. When my daughter was in elementary school she spent so much time out of class on special reading groups that she missed cursive writing lessons. The result is that today at 13 years old she still does not write very well. When the same thing started happening to my son who is in 3rd grade I insisted that he not miss it and asked the teacher to send the cursive book home. He practiced everyday and learned very quickly. I think when a child can write with beauty and fluency it must help them in every way to learn how to be a good reader. I can't imagine a world where we no longer can read a handwritten note or letter.

R. Guidry
Boulder, Co

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