Does Handwriting Matter?

“Student: My handwriting is naturally messy. I can’t help it. It isn’t fair that you graded me down on this week’s essay simply because my handwriting was messy. I can’t help it. Besides, don’t my ideas matter more than my handwriting?

Gibbs: What do you mean your handwriting is “naturally messy”?

Student: No matter how hard I try, my handwriting is messy.

Gibbs: How much practice do you get handwriting?

Student: I don’t practice handwriting. Nobody in high school practices handwriting. That’s for little kids.

Gibbs: You don’t practice your handwriting, but you’re positive your handwriting couldn’t possibly get any better?”

-from “Grade My Ideas, Not My Sloppy Handwriting,” my latest for CiRCE

Published by Joshua Gibbs

Sophist. De-activist. Avid indoorsman.

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