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Finland will soon slowly eradicate handwriting in their schools, with children starting school in 2016 set to learn how to touch type instead. Cursive handwriting will no longer be compulsory and will be replaced with keyboard typing throughout Finnish schools.

The Age reports that Finland’s National Board of Education spokeswoman Minna Harmanen said they acknowledge the major cultural shift that the change will bring but typing skills are more relevant now.

Schools can still opt to teach children handwriting skills, however it won’t be a necessary part of the curriculum. According to a British survey of 2000 people, one third of the respondents said they had not written anything by hand in sex months. With life turning towards digital day-by-day, is handwriting really crucial?

And will Australia phase out handwriting? Perhaps – font styles in Australian schools are changing and time spent learning how to write correctly has gone from 45 minutes a day to five minutes, reports The Age.

But what about those children who don’t have computers at home? Could ditching handwriting have sad economic consequences? And what if the technology fails? Susanna Huhta of the Association of Native Language Teachers defended handwriting, telling the BBC it helps children develop fine motor skills and brain function.

It sounds preposterous to let hand writing to fall by the wayside, but it’s not the first time our generation have (or will) become the holder of a skill that has become superseded – think: shorthand, typewriting and so on. Imagine a world where your children can’t write a letter….


Handwriting is just not a valued skill in this world anymore, but do you want to give it up that easily? If the schools eventually don’t want to teach it, would you teach your grandchildren instead? What is handwriting still useful for in our society? 

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  1. you only need to be in a store when the power goes off,what happens during a power cut in school, I think it is crucial for kids to be able to use a pen and be abl to write

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    • Sad when they cannot add 2 items, it happened to us, the attendant was absolutely ‘lost’ and we had to add it for her. Ridiculous and when one country does it why do we have to follow???

  2. When I worked at target in the rural area of NT and the power went out we used to write the dockets by hand, then we got a new manager who was much younger and when the power went out with her the store used to close no Moore hand written dockets,

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  3. I can’t imagine a time when you can’t write. It’s one of the first things mankind invented to communicate.Typing and Writing are intrinsically two different skills and affect different parts of the brain. So teaching typing as well as writing would be really great,and perhaps not making such a big deal if the small child doesn’t have perfect writing.

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