Handwriting skills on decline

Increased computer use is being blamed for the decline in handwriting skills among secondary school students. Ross Huggard, the vice-president of the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English claims that poor handwriting skills have become such a big problem that some students can’t even read their own writing.

Naturally the increased use of technology has reduced the amount of time students spend literally putting pen to paper. This means that the cursive style of writing learned in primary school is quickly forgotten in their senior years, with some students reverting to block letters on the few occasions they are required to write. This causes problems when they sit exams that require long periods of handwriting because block letters take a lot longer to write than the more fluent cursive style.

This raises concerns that the art of handwriting could be on the way out. Does this concern you? Should children be encouraged to do more work with pen and paper? Will handwriting become a thing of the past by 2030? Do you still regularly write in the cursive style?

Further information

Teachers lament faltering pens

Things are getting out of hand