Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The Cost of Penmanship
Take Fifth Grade, for instance. "Mom, it's just so...challenging," my son says, repeatedly, with heavy sighs and much procrastination of homework. His penmanship is alien in origin, or at least, it seems that way. If only his teacher were from Mars, then he would be able to read it. But, alas, he is from Earth, and demands to read the answers in a language and style familiar to this planet. Why can't they just type? How often do we read each other's handwriting these days, anyway? Reality dictates that children must learn to keyboard at an early age anyway, so why demand any type of penmanship? Bah, why don't we just learn telepathy? We could do away with the written language entirely, and emotions could be communicated as well as words, better encompassing ideas, concepts, and dreams. There would be only honesty. I hate it when people lie.
But then, if there were only telepathic communication, I would be out of a job. And a hobby. And a blog!
Never mind. Carry on, then! He shall practice his cursive (again) tonight. For the sake of humanity. Yeah. That sounds right.
Anna C. Morrison is an author of children’s books, including Silly Moments and Green Gooey Goop, with many more to follow. She is also an adjunct professor for multiple colleges and universities, both face-to-face and online. While she instructs various levels of English composition, she also teaches classes on literature, film, feature writing, and technical writing, among others. In addition, she has worked with Adapt Courseware as a writing consultant on three video course projects, including college skills and composition. Anna received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and her BA in English, Creative Writing, from California State University, San Bernardino. Anna is an active member of SCBWI and is available for book signings. She lives in Southern California with her family and pets. Please visit her web site at www.annacmorrison.com.