In the past few months, I’ve become keenly aware of my own shortcomings in shorthand. When I’m interviewing someone, I use a recorder and jot down key concepts and time stamps so I can quickly go back to the meatier parts of the conversation. But a digital recorder is no help whatsoever in addressing wedding invitations or writing thank-you notes.
It is some comfort, though, to know I am not alone in my penmanship plight. Good Shepherd Episcopal School is implementing, “Handwriting Without Tears,” this year to address the declining standards in handwriting. Mary Beth Jones, director of early childhood at Good Shepherd believes improved handwriting leads to improved grades and classroom performance, plus, it just looks pretty.
“It’s really an art form that still needs to be taught and learned,” Jones said.
Handwriting Without Tears founder Jan Olsen offered to help me improve my scrawl, and she even sang a song about the benefits of good handwriting to the tune of Mary Had A Little Lamb. I’m sold.
Pick up the Aug. 20 edition of Preston Hollow People for the full story on Good Shepherd’s handwriting curriculum.