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What is italic?
Seven examples

Alan, 10

Looks good
An average, ten year old English boy wrote this. The text is in Icelandic, which he had not come across before

Italic for children

Let’s give them the best

I talic was taught to Alan, who wrote this, like all other children at the Staplehurst Primary School. Should children learn to write classical italic with a broad-edge pen? It's great when it works, and a mess when it doesn't.

Mastering the letterforms is hard enough. Children shouldn’t have to cope with a broad-edge pen at the same time. Most of them will use ballpoints in real life anyway.