Penmanship – influences of technology on teaching of good penmanship and spelling

Penmanship – influences of technology on teaching of good penmanship and spelling – Brief Article

Harold Orlans

Penmanship and correct spelling are yielding to the computer in many schools. “Society doesn’t demand” cursive writing says a Maryland elementary school principal who encourages students to write with a computer. Teachers no longer learn how to teach penmanship, Jan Olsen, author of Handwriting Without Tears, says.

In England, writing is still taken seriously; children learn to write clearly and spell correctly. Whereas at some of the best Maryland schools, good students may write and spell atrociously–the spell-checker, it is said, can correct their errors. (Washington Post, April 4, 2000)

With weak penmanship and no typewriter or secretary, I now print all envelope addresses by hand.

Harold Orlans has conducted many studies of higher education and research policy for private and government bodies in Washington, DC.

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