When did you last write a letter?

Technology and the death of handwriting

The BBC reports that the art of handwriting is being threatened by the rise of the machine, research suggests.
One in three children struggle with their handwriting and almost one in five slip into text message language when they do put pen to paper, according to a recent survey. Meanwhile, one in five parents surveyed for My Child magazine’s Write a Letter Week said they last penned a letter more than a year ago. If the figures are representative, this apparent demise of handwriting could have serious implications for educational achievement.

Professor Rhona Stainthorp, who is conducting research into children’s writing abilities, says there is growing evidence those who write faster and more legibly get better marks.

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