Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Cacography is pretty much the opposite of calligraphy. Cacography is bad handwriting (or spelling). I am going to focus on handwriting though. Bad/poor spelling can be caused by dyslexia, or students educated during that whole period of time when kids were encouraged to be 'creative spellers and focus on content instead'. Great little imaginations bloomed, too bad we couldn't understand what was being written! Ugh. That made me crazy.
Anyway, I digress - again.
Back to the cacography issue.
Can anyone shed some light on why teaching children penmanship is no longer considered a necessity? Does anyone else remember the page of letters that we would complete each day, and when learning cursive, didn't you have to make a whole page of sweeping curves and loops and curls? Then, onto letters. A page of beautifully written letters really is something to be proud of when you are a little kid in school. Hey, there were Penmanship Awards given out! There was a spot on reportcards that actually said PENMANSHIP and you got a grade in it.
When we were little we would scribble on papers and make loop-de-loops and curly whirlies and these were all the precursors to starting to write. It is my understanding that these scribbles and lessons in swirls and loops, practicing spacing and size were all part of developing our visual-spatial pathways (which is a basis for developing math skills.) If we skip over the foundations aren't we going to compromise anything built on 'nothing'? I really don't understand this.
So, today letter C is for cacography and COULD someone explain this whole bann on penmanship to me? I would ask my kids to write something about it for me to read, but...umm..I can't read their handwriting.
Posted by VBR at 3:51 PM