When was the last time you picked up a pen and actually wrote something? If you are like me then writing is not a significant part of your daily routine. I write cheques, job completion records for clients, I sometimes jot down notes (have a tablet for that now) and sign my signature. Off the top of my head I think that is it!! I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a letter.
When I was in school it was the 3 R’s – reading, writing and arithmetic that were essential. As my kids are not in school yet (I wish!!) I don’t know the insides of what they get taught but I am guessing it will be along the same lines. Here is a thought for you. Should the 3 R’s be changed to RCR – reading, computing and arithmetic. Still teach writing but put more emphasis on the other 3?
The reason I say this is that if you scroll through jobsites nearly every job will ask for good computing skills. These days having good computing skills is essential in the job market and if you don’t have them you are at a significant disadvantage. I can’t remember the last time I saw a job that asked for good handwriting. Can you?
If you look throughout history we know a lot about our past through writing – Dead sea scrolls springs to mind and so do cave paintings. What will we leave behind? Hard drives full of data maybe?
Writing is becoming a dying art that is slowly being eclipsed by ‘computing skills’. It used to be the pen was mighter than the sword. Now it is the keyboard is mighter than the pen.
What do you think am I onto something or am I talking rubbish as usual? Let me know!!
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