11-28-11: Writing it Out
This segment originally aired on January 25, 2011.
With Thanksgiving over, it’s time to start preparing for the festivities of December, and for some of you, that may include compiling a list of people to send holiday cards. That means relying on a skill that’s being used with much less frequency in this age of texting and typing – handwriting.
In Maryland, penmanship is not assessed in a standardized way on a statewide basis. While all of state school systems require that students learn cursive, each system handles how to teach it in its own way. It’s a subject of debate among educators: some believe that more lesson time should go toward handwriting. Others say the lesson time would be better put toward keyboarding.
We ask Karin Harman James, Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana, who’s involved in research on writing and letter recognition in children.
We also want to thank Nan Jay Barchowsky, who suggested that we do a story on handwriting. She’s developed her own method of teaching cursive called the Barchoswsky Fluent Handwriting program.
We have examples of handwriting from the Maryland Morning team. You can see how we format our ideas when no computer’s available. Below are examples from Sheilah Kast (host), Tom Hall (host), Lawrence Lanahan (producer), Katherine Gorman (producer), and Stephanie Hughes (producer). We also have one example of beautiful penmanship, courtesy of Nan Barchowsky and her handwriting program. Can you guess which handwriting belongs to which person?
We also want to hear from you, our listeners: do you write things out by hand? Or are you a user of Microsoft word, through and through? Tell us your thoughts at 410-881-3162. Again, that’s 410-881-3162. Or you can type us up an email—send it to mdmorning@wypr-dot-org.
You can also hand write us a letter. We’re at 2216 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.