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Published on February 19th, 2015 | by admin

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Is The End Of The Use Of Pens And Papers In Schools In Sight?

It might well be the half-term holiday meaning pupils at schools up and down the country have put their learning on hold, but if the trends in other countries are significant, handwriting may become a far less significant part of the teaching curriculum in years to come.

Recent developments in several countries have seen writing removed from the list of compulsory skills required to be taught at school. Instead, keyboard typing is rising in prominence as the preferred method of teaching pupil’s how to communicate though there are nevertheless concerns in several quarters that the change could damage a child’s brain development.

The trend for downgrading the importance of cursive handwriting using pens or pencils began in the US back in September 2013 with the changes made to the Common Core Standards Initiative. And now it has been revealed that from 2016, Finnish schools won’t compulsorily teach cursive handwriting either.

However having said all that, it is still widely acknowledged that being able to pick up and use a pen or pencil to craft a message that others can read should remain integral to the teaching curriculum.

Whilst the quality, form or style of handwriting isn’t deemed of high priority in today’s schools, the ability to produce fluent handwriting automatically which is at least legible is nevertheless meant to improve a young person’s motor and visual skills, eye-to-hand co-ordination, spatial awareness, hand and finger dexterity, cognitive function and brain development.

It seems most schools are using less traditional stationery items on a daily basis in line with wider trends seen in everyday life. Just as pens and paper are being ditched in the office for tablet devices, the same trend is clearly catching on in schools too.

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