The art of handwriting could soon become a relic of the past. Reports this morning are suggesting that handwriting skills are in decline amongst secondary school students in Australia. This probably doesn’t come as a big surprise to many people as we’ve seen technology use multiply in the past 15-20 years. Yet I still believe that handwriting is worth fighting for.
Whether it was morse code, the dial up telephone or text messaging, technology has always revolutionised the way we communicate. And in recent times this has included the use of email, mobile phones, social media and the internet. The young generation find it very hard to understand a life without any of these things. My young nephew has been able to use a multitude of devices like the iPhone, iPad, TV and DVD player since he was two or three years old.
Having all these new tools available has significantly reduced the need to use handwriting. I can only imagine how reliant on technology my nephew and his generation will be once they hit their 20s and enter the workforce. Not only will technology have advanced even further than it has today, but this whole new generation will arguably be more tech savvy than any before them.
Call me old-fashioned but I think younger generations will be poorer if they can’t experience the joys of a handwritten letter or note. Personally I believe it’s something with which an email or typed letter just can’t compete. This is without even considering that poor handwriting skills will affect their performance in written exams and when transcribing notes in a classroom or lecture theatre. For these reasons, handwriting should be included in the secondary school curriculum and kids should be encouraged to turn off the computer and put pen to paper more often.
Do you agree? How can we improve the younger generation’s handwriting ability? Or should we just let go of the past and embrace new technology?