I have said it time and time again. We need to go back to the fundamentals in the classrooms. A lot has been lost do to new trends in education that put the importance on content of writing and less on grammar and care. In my art class I take pride in grading handwriting penmanship and craftsmanship at all grade levels. After all it is art! I read an article once about research done on the staff that reads and scores the FCAT writing in Florida. With out them knowing, assessors of the FCAT writing were giving sample of writing having the same exact content. The difference was that some were written with great penmanship and the others with poor. Unsurprisingly the ones written in poor penmanship were scored lower than the ones with good penmanship even though they had the same content. Read this article from the Sun Sentinel that gives further proof of the importance of penmanship in the class room
[via-SunSentinal]Here’s an idea worth jotting down: your handwriting may reveal clues to how smart and successful you are.
Handwriting has been in a fight for academic survival and Florida has even considered dropping cursive from the curriculum. With that in mind, a Florida International University assistant professor decided to see if there was academic value to good penmanship.