Posted by: ugleepen | September 20, 2012

Back To School – To Write or Not to Write – Is That the Question?

With back-to-school it’s back to the controversy of teaching handwriting vs. teaching computer skills in the classroom.

I’ve written several articles here on how school boards across the country are dropping cursive classes from the curriculum, and how even learning simple printing is being relegated to just 10 minutes a day in many schools.

Stephen Wilbers, a business-writing seminar leader, offers some interesting insights to this continuing rumpus.

“Students need to learn handwriting, even in this age of texting and keyboarding, because forming the letters by hand — shaping and creating them — slows them down, helps them think more clearly, brings them to a more intimate connection with language, makes them feel more committed to their words and helps them remember what they’ve written.”

However, Wilbers also defends the use of the keyboard, saying “I admit that I do write my columns now on the keyboard. Creating, revising and altering my text are far easier this way. Besides, the image I’m creating more closely resembles what the reader will see.”

In response to Wilbers’ column about how emails and texting are changing the way we communicate, one of his readers offered this profound observation: “The complexity, the nuance, the beauty and the mystery of language will never be lost in formal writing as long as formal writing exists and we as a society are educated enough to value it.”

This is where an ergonomic pen enters the picture. Using a keyboard, and texting on a cell phone, can seem, at first glance, easier than sitting down and taking pen to paper. However, using a comfortable pen such as the UGLee Pen, that has been scientifically designed to fit perfectly in your hand with no stress or strain, allows you to have the experience that Wilbers describes this way: “There’s something more real — and for many people, more satisfying — about the tactile relationship of creating, editing, proofreading and reading text on paper.” And when your hand remains relaxed and comfortable during the handwriting process, this sensory experience can be quite influential.


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