Should Schools Teach Penmanship?

By Douglas B. Reeves

Of all the issues that policymakers and educational leaders should have to worry about, handwriting ought to be far down the list. Budget, personnel, and preparing students for the 21st century surely ought to be more important than one of the oldest forms of communication known to mankind.

But before we dismiss handwriting and the arguments surrounding it, it is worth considering both research and practical experience to inform decisions on this topic in your system.

I will do my best to present both sides of a challenging and contentious issue and encourage reader similarly to engage other leaders, educators, and parents in a meaningful dialogue on this subject.

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