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Sunday, December 27, 2009

The death of handwriting is nigh

New York Times - 12.23.09

When a new writing technology develops, we tend to romanticize the older one,” writes Anne Trubek in Miller-McCune magazine. “Thus for monks, print was capricious and script reliable. So too today: Conventional wisdom holds that computers are devoid of emotion and personality, and handwriting is the province of intimacy, originality and authenticity.”

But Trubek, an Oberlin College professor, looks askance at such sentimentality, and differs with those would like to see handwriting reinvigorated in schools. Educators often err in linking good handwriting with smarts, she says — a bias that carries over to the scoring of the new written portion of the SAT.

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