Finnish schools end joined-up handwriting

Jul 31, 2015 by

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Country phases out writing classes in favour of keyboard skills as they accept that texting and tweeting have taken over

Schools in Finland are phasing out handwriting lessons in favour of typing as officials accept that texting and tweeting are now the preferred mode of communication.

It makes Finland one of the first countries to cancel compulsory handwriting lessons, but it’s part of a global move towards methods more appropriate in the digital age.

Minna Harmanen of Finland’s National Board of Education told The Guardian: ‘We used to do joined-up writing so that we could write faster, but these days kids only start learning it in grade two (aged eight) and have a year to get it right before moving on to concentrating on what they write, rather than simply how they write it.’

New era: Finland is one of the first countries to cancel compulsory handwriting lessons, but it’s part of a global move towards methods more appropriate in the digital age

It’s a move that has had a mixed reception internationally.

Many U.S. states have already removed cursive handwriting from their curriculum in an age where the keyboard is king.

But in France, handwriting was briefly removed from the curriculum but was later reintroduced after neuroscientists stressed the importance of it for improving brain function.

Removing it has the potential to be an unpopular move with purists who grew up with handwriting lessons, but in Finland, the policy has had little reaction.

Source: Finnish schools end joined-up handwriting: Country phases out writing classes in favour of keyboard skills as they accept that texting and tweeting have taken over | Daily Mail Online

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