Help! I've forgotten how to write
It's getting harder to read my scribble. Surely I can't be the only non-teenager who would happily give up the pen for good?
I did a lot of writing the other week. By which I mean I signed my name a dozen times on some official papers. And I still stopped twice to ask the woman on the other side of the desk, "Is there much more?" When the ordeal was over, I had to shake my right hand for a good 30 seconds to get rid of the cramp.
So I can't get too worked up about the laments that handwriting is dying, and that a little bit of the human soul is dying with it. (England's exam regulator has suggested there is an "issue of validity" with traditional paper exams, because today's teenagers are more comfortable typing at a keyboard than writing by hand.)
There is a downside, it's true. According to Kitty Burns Florey, author of Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting, teachers report that children learn to read more easily when they write the words they are studying. And once we lose the ability to use a pen and paper, it's only a matter of time until we can no longer decipher previous generations' billets-doux. The world will be poorer if only academics get sentimental about Great-Grandad's letters from the front.
But I can't be the only non-teenager who would still happily ditch the pen for good. My generation (I'm in my late 40s) went to school before the rise of the PC, the home printer and digital recorder. We took our class notes by hand; we wrote our essays by hand. Decades later, we can still read these. But many of us long ago surrendered to the computers and mobile phones that surround us. It's not just that we can barely write any more – when we do, we can barely read it. If handwriting is dying, type out the death certificate.
2010-08-25 22:28 编辑：kuaileyingyu