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A (Soon to Be) Lost Art

A few days ago, I read a piece in the Wall Street Journal that really grabbed my attention.  The author, a junior in high school, related that the hardest part of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test was copying and signing a pledge not to cheat on the test.  The reason:  She didn’t know how to write.  The discussion centered on her inability to write in cursive, but she noted that most of her classmates couldn’t print either–all they can do is type.  She closed by saying (perhaps with tongue-in-cheek, but who knows?) that she was incapable of signing her name.  I had seen various academic pronouncements to the effect that writing–the physical act of forming letters and words on a piece of paper with pencil or pen–would no longer be taught in the schools because of the ubiquity of computers, and assumed it was just more of the nonsense we’ve come to expect from our education establishment.  It seems they were serious after all. Continue reading