Can handwriting survive in a digital age?
The answer is an overwhelming yes. It can and will, and here’s why.
There have been an increasing number of articles in print and online recently on the subject, and why writing matters.
And I’m not taking about writing in capital letters – is that really a serious suggestion?
The folly of giving up on writing by hand has already been recognised by a number of states in the USA who have reversed previous decisions to do so, and I suspect that Finland will follow suit in due course.
It is a myth that we have to choose between the keyboard and pen. As someone so eloquently put it last week (I think it was in the Independent), it’s a bit like saying you are giving up walking because you have learned to drive a car. One doesn’t replace the other.
What started out five years ago and is now National Stationery Week’s Writing Matters campaign was the result of a belief that someone needed to speak up for all those who think it is still important to write by hand. There is so much evidence to support this.
That may be true up to a point but this is too big a decision to leave to local authorities and schools were it ever to come to this.
The Government was right to reintroduce handwriting onto the Secondary School curriculum last year, but children should be encouraged and taught to write even earlier. I don’t think many people would object, given that YouGov research commissioned earlier this year by National Stationery Week revealed that 97% of adults think it is important that children are taught to write at school.
Let’s make sure it stays that way.
Posted on 18th August 2015 by Chris Leonard-Morgan