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  1. My penmanship isn't the best so this sentiment resonates with me: "It's a shame that now when you write quickly it looks like it's by someone who has not had an education,".

    1. I was lucky that I learned to write cursive in first grade. My class was chosen as part of an experiment as to whether there was an advantage in learning to write cursive so early. And indeed, the cursive penmanship of my class was among the best compared to other students. Nowadays, teaching cursive in first grade is considered by some as anti-pedagogical.

      Now students don't even know how to write manuscript properly! How times have changed.

    2. That is a great experiment and it follows sensibly. As someone who cringes when he looks at his own writing I can imagine it is encouraging to children who regard their writing as pleasant looking (at the least legible) and thus might write more which is always a good thing in school. I have avoided writing by hand much of my life somehow, despite a good deal of schooling, and deeply regret not having put forward the effort to improve it earlier. I envy people with good penmanship and agree that more emphasis should be placed on the skill early on.

  2. I had amazing cursive handwriting as a child and can still have it IF AND ONLY IF I'm not rushed.

    I even learned Copperplate in evening classes a number of years back. While it looked pretty good and I practiced for years to perfect it, I never got it to the point where I was satisfied. Turns out writing smaller is harder with Copperplate than writing large. I haven't done it in ages but developed tremendous respct for Victorian children and what they went through to learn to write!

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