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Old 07-29-2013, 09:08 AM   #1
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Is technology ruining our writing skills....

Our HANDwriting skills, that is. I can say for sure that, at 43, my handwriting is far worse than it was 20 years ago. And the worst part is that it's not just the neatness of the handwriting, but it's my very ability to write with a pen or pencil. For example, I will find myself forming letters wrong. The old brain is not making the connection between what I want to write and what I actually write.

I love technology, I really do. I'm not one to get on board with, for example, how social media is ruining society. But this one is bothering me!
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:12 AM   #2
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I would say it's hurting all types of communications, yes.

Schools don't seem to spend much time with handwriting, it seems. My kids' school barely even teaches cursive at all. Then again, as soon as I wasn't required to write in cursive as a student, I dropped it as well, so I suppose it didn't matter how much the nuns beat it into me.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:18 AM   #3
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My handwriting has always been atrocious. At least people can read what I type.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:20 AM   #4
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As a middle school teacher I can say YES!
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:29 AM   #5
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My handwriting is good if I take my time with it, but usually it is a mess because I think faster than I write. Often I would start writing something longhand only to find that I couldn't read some words or phrases myself when I re-read it! Typing makes it much easier to jot things down quickly and still have them come out legible.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:38 AM   #6
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As a middle school teacher I can say YES!
You know, I almost expect it from the kids. The fact that it's happening to ME is what is surprising. This is an established skill (like riding a bike, no?) and I'm losing it!
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:49 AM   #7
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All I can say is thank goodness for it. My 16yodd is a very talented writer. However she is a leftie and her handwriting has never, ever been good! Funny thing is she can draw, sketch, paint, etc....figure that one out.

Mine OTOH, is great and I can do calligraphy.

I really think it is genetic.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:55 AM   #8
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Our HANDwriting skills, that is. I can say for sure that, at 43, my handwriting is far worse than it was 20 years ago. And the worst part is that it's not just the neatness of the handwriting, but it's my very ability to write with a pen or pencil. For example, I will find myself forming letters wrong. The old brain is not making the connection between what I want to write and what I actually write.

I love technology, I really do. I'm not one to get on board with, for example, how social media is ruining society. But this one is bothering me!
This is me exactly. Sometimes I have to think about it when I am writing something out, versus typing being second nature now. It used to be the other way around.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #9
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While my handwriting is ok, both kids, DS18 and DD16, their handwriting looks like it was done by a deranged chicken.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:16 AM   #10
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My family's handwriting is perfect and legible, my grandmother, mom, and aunt. If I take a bit of time, I can see it in my own handwriting. I also write like I type, which means I write one letter but it's wrong and erasing it. Using the backspace is so much easier. There's also several letters in cursive that I don't remember how to write, mostly capitol letters and lower case x and z. However, I can read it.

I've also noticed that math teachers have way better handwriting than english teachers.

I just read this yesterday, and it made me laugh.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-pu...204903191.html
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Let us pause here to examine 13-year-old Wayne's adorably practiced, cursive signature:



Nowadays, I bet you couldn't find 10 kids in 1000 that knew how to do a cursive capital G, let alone a lower-case Z. They'd be like Who is Waym Dretyty? Is he related to Wayne Brady?
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:42 AM   #11
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My handwriting has always been horrible, so I welcome a printed document anytime. My son actually has beautiful penmanship. It was stressed at his Catholic school and was even a graded course in 2nd and 3rd grade. He can be sloppy of course, but will break out the fancy handwriting when he needs it.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:45 AM   #12
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My handwriting is atrocious!! A month ago DD4 lost her first tooth so we wrote her a note from the 'tooth fairy'; I tried to disguise my writing so instead of printing I tried cursive....oy, you'd think I was writing it on a moving train or something!! It was horrible LOL Definitely didn't look like any writing DD would recognize ;-)
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:47 AM   #13
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As a high school English teacher, I say yes!
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:48 AM   #14
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My handwriting has always been atrocious. At least people can read what I type.
Same here, but both my sister and brother have perfect handwritting.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:52 AM   #15
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I sub. Our elementary has Ipads for grades k-6. The classes do EVERYTHING on the Ipad. Spelling tests, etc. When you ask them to write on paper to do a paragraph about a field trip they can't do it. What they do print is atrocious....you can't read it!
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