Prediction 0002 :: Handwriting


A day will come when writing by hand will no longer be taught in schools. Handwriting will be irrelevant.


2 Responses to “Prediction 0002 :: Handwriting”

  1. jmac Says:


  2. Kate Gladstone Says:

    Cursive will probably die — but handwriting doesn’t mean just “cursive.” (Consider the print and italic styles!)

    Among the hospitals that call me in to prevent medication errors (by
    giving handwriting classes to the doctors), a fairly high percentage
    claim to have “computerized everything” 1 or 2 or 5 or more years ago
    … yet they still have handwriting problems, because of a crucial 1% to 5% of handwritten documentation that just won’t go away.

    Doctors in “totally computerized” hospitals still scribble Post-Its to
    slap onto the walls of the nurse’s station, still scrawl notes on the
    cuffs of their scrubs during impromptu elevator/corridor conferences
    with colleagues … and, most of all, doctors with computer systems
    often have the ward clerks operate the computers, use the Net, or
    whatever: working, of course, from the doctors’ illegible handwriting.
    Bad doctor handwriting, incorrectly deciphered by ward clerks using the computer for any purpose, thereby enters the computerized medical record.

    And what happens when disasters knock out a hospital’s network? More than one hospital, during Hurricane Katrina, lost its generator, its electric power — and therefore its computer system — for the duration.

    Even the computer-savviest staffers in the disaster zone had to use pens. Let’s hope they wrote legibly.

    Kate Gladstone – Handwriting Repair –

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