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Handwriting

What works in the classroom?


Scots rule 2

Classrom beating
Proven method
Almost anybody can master copperplate if you beat him enough. But nowadays teachers don’t punish the way they used to. We have a gentler arrangement. Bad handwriting is a part of it.

What works in the classroom?

Out of favor: assault and battery

F or most of Western history, we have written with feathers and pointed sticks. It wasn’t easy. Some shapes are difficult to make with these things, and had to be left out. Now we’ve got pens that can do anything.

Copperplate sample
Icelandic handwriting model, circa 1896
Average pupils a hundred years ago mastered handwriting that puts our own generation to shame. How was this possible?
There were times when schools had the necessary discipline. It was enforced by beatings and a system of cruel humiliations.

Why did penmanship go down the drain? Various enemies of civilized life have been blamed. (The ballpoint pen, television violence, refined carbohydrates; name your culprit.) I have a suggestion of my own, and that is humanity. Bad handwriting is a price we pay for civilized life.


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Scots rule 2