A recent Washington Post story, "The Handwriting on the Wall," (10/11/06) reported on the decline of handwriting instruction in elementary schools and the likelihood that future generations will not acquire the cursive handwriting skill.
Among the story's highlights:
• Researchers think writing by hand may be important to cognitive development.
• Teachers say they don't grade down for bad handwriting but one researcher begs to differ.
• Handwritten documents are more valuable to researchers and legal experts.
• Messages written in hand create a greater sense of personal authenticity.
• Many educators shrug—they are busy with other priorities in an increasingly digital world.
I'm not going to comment on this one (I think you all know where I stand anyway!) but encourage you to read the TLN Blog to see how others responded and post your thoughts - here or there!!