Re: [NTLK] Newton's HWR [WAS: "Re: Newton reclassification"]

From: Adam Goddard <>
Date: Sat Apr 28 2007 - 03:36:30 EDT

On 28/04/2007, at 3:38 PM, Steven Scotten wrote:
> On Apr 27, 2007, at 5:09 PM, Lord Groundhog wrote:
>> Sorry in advance for the length of this.
> Thank you for going into such depth!
>> 1. I suspect my generation is nearly the last to have been drilled
>> rigorously in "penmanship"
> I think you're right. I'm 37 and was theoretically taught penmanship,
> but I don't recall any real attention to it after about third grade.
> I also remember my grandmother (herself a schoolteacher) being
> somewhat shocked that I was taught to write letters the wrong way,
> for example starting with an upstroke (not an issue growing up with
> pencils and ballpoints, but that would have been a no-no in the days
> when boys would dip girls' pigtails in the inkpots. I'm old enough to
> remember school desks with places for inkpots, but no inkpots (until
> I got older, of course.)
I'm 22 this year and we were taught penmanship all through primary
school(up to year 6) but didn't see much of it in high school. I
don't know what happened to my Parker fountain pen from year 6, but I
know it's in a pile or drawer somewhere. I like to use fountain
pens, but they aren't ideal for taking uni notes in engineering,
where felt pens and mechanical pencils take precedence. I don't know
if many other Australian schools still teach penmanship, but my old
one still does (It's a private school).

   - Adam Goddard

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