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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The art of handwriting is being threatened by the rise of the machine, research suggests.<br><br>
One in three children struggle with their handwriting and almost one in five slip into text message language when they do put pen to paper, according to a recent survey.<br><br>
Meanwhile, one in five parents surveyed for My Child magazine's Write a Letter Week said they last penned a letter more than a year ago.<br><br>
If the figures are representative, this apparent demise of handwriting could have serious implications for educational achievement.<br><br>
Currently, four out of 10 boys and 25% of girls, aged 11, fail to meet the required standards for writing in their national tests. (UK)</td>
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Failing to meet the standards for writing has nothing to do with writing. You can still "write" if you type something. The writing test is about the ability to string sentences together correctly.<br><br>
As for handwriting, do they mean cursive or just writing with a pen and paper? Cause I hate cursive and have never written in it. I had reading other peoples handwriting when it is in cursive... it gives me headaches.<br><br>
I and "wrote" a letter just yesterday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Interesting article! I actually like to write letters and do so regularly. My replies almost solely come via e-mail, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:
 

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I used to be a big handwriter - letters, journals. Along came my laptop, and now my hand cramps up when I have to write something longer than a few paras. Seriously. I think I'm losing those muscles. And my penmanship used to be so beautiful...(sigh) Remember handwriting essays for school? Remember PENpals?<br><br>
Along with handwriting, what about spelling (all of those techie abbreviations kids use these days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) (Text message language they called it..)? Does anyone else think they compose thoughts differently when they handwrite vs type? (I do!)<br><br>
Yeah, I bemoan what technology's doing to some aspects of life. I prefer SLRs to digital cameras (there's something so sensual about the weight/sound), and now amazon is pushing Kindle as its ebook-reader of the future.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Professor Rhona Stainthorp, who is conducting research into children's writing abilities, says there is growing evidence those who write faster and more legibly get better marks.<br><br>
This is because poor handwriting itself is hampering a child's ability to express himself.</td>
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Or... why can't they type their work?<br><br>
I think the amt of time spent on teaching children to physically write (cursive, esp) is crazy. While I'm with RainCoastMama that my hand cramps up if I write extensively, I would not say I do not have written communication skills.
 

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I just literally filled out a questionaire by hand, & my writing suck. My hand began to hurt. I think I need to start hand writing again....another thing, you do not use it you loose it!!!
 
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