Right write

Back after the summer and here was something I picked up from my summer reading. There have been various arguments out there over whether or not modern technology means we are writing less and worse than ever before. David Crystal refutes this saying that in fact, with modern technology we are writing much more than ever before and that the fact we may be using abbreviations etc in text messages and email does not mean our writing is of a lesser quality by any means. In fact, he argues that you can only use abbreviations effectively if you can actually write (and indeed read), otherwise they would be complete nonsense.

An article in El Pais early this sumer approached the issue from a different angle. Regardless of whether or not we are writing more or less what must be true is that we are actually hand writing much less. One study quoted showed that one in three adults hadn’t actually picked up a pen to write in the past six months and when they did so it was probably for little more than to sign something. Considering my own poor (read appalling) handwriting, this didn’t seem to me a big issue but the article points out that experts see the physical aspect of handwriting as being fundamental for the development of coordination and manual dexterity in general. Depriving children of the opportunity or, necessity, of handwritinng could be depriving them of much more. In other words, good old fahioned pen and paper still has a role in our modern, IWB filled classrooms … or if we don’t have an IWB we shouldn’t feel too bad 😉

Original article here: http://tinyurl.com/c6zqov4

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