The death of handwriting could be viewed as the end of a tyranny. Especially for those of us who were unable to learn penmanship. That includes me. I’m pretty sure that no teacher I ever had got training in how to teach cursive to a left handed person for whom the process really is radically different. I arrived at college to find halls full of desks from which a small writing area protruded from the right side. I often took two hour exams at those desks, scrawling essay question answers in a blue book with my body twisted around uncomfortably.
F. Lee Bailey, similarly oppressed, petitioned Harvard Law School for the right to type his exams. So I do not mourn the death of handwriting, but some do.
Join us as we talk to some handwriting experts to see why they still like to write by hand, what value there is in learning handwriting, and what your handwriting can say about your personality.
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- Kitty Burns Florey is the author of nine novels and two nonfiction books, including Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting
- Steve Graham is a professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He has studied how writing develops, how to teach writing and how writing can support reading and learning
- Lisa M. Lanno is a spirit medium, paranormal researcher and handwriting analyst