Why exactly is “penmanship” needed in this day and age?
Let’s list the reasons. No emotions or reminiscing. Just the facts. Why is this skill still needed?
To me, this is like saying that everyone (or at least, every woman) needs to know how to crochet.
I think it’s an archaic skill that is no longer needed.
Those who enjoy writing by hand can certainly continue to do so, and try to convince others of the beauty of a handwritten piece, just as those who crochet can try to convince others about the value of this skill.
But you don’t need to know how to write cursive, and you don’t need to know how to crochet in this day and age.
I know that some professors still require a hand-written essay on tests to eliminate the possibility of cheating. But even back in the 1970s, professors had no objection to a work that was printed instead of written in cursive. I doubt very much that they object too strongly nowadays to printed essays, or essays written with a mixture of printing and cursive. The main goal should be readable writing if you have to do it by hand.
My handwriting is indecipherable and always has been. I do virtually nothing by hand, and that doesn’t cause any problems at all for me. I am extremely grateful that everything in the lab is reported on computer now. And when I do write notes by hand (thank yous, etc.), they are extremely short and to the point. I don’t write letters very often, since email works so much better.
For many elderly people with arthritis, it is a BLESSING to be able to use a computer instead of painfully scratching out a note or letter to stay in touch with their loved ones. When my grandparents were still alive, I didn’t welcome their mail any less because it was typed.