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France - Teaching Handwriting

Part of the series How Do They Do It In...?

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An educational philosophy encompassing all creative subjects backs up the teaching of handwriting in France.

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The French believe that giving children the ability to write will free their minds to perform creatively throughout their lives. So they teach handwriting as a subject in its own right.

And they teach handwriting in a uniform way throughout primary schools, using traditional calligraphy to produce a distinctive, ornate hand.

This programme visits a school in Lyon to see how students in Year 1 and Year 6 develop this ability.


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    • Handwriting among my students
      23 April 2008 - 01:50

      I am certainly in agreement with the philosophy that handwriting does have an important place in education. Among my grade 4 primary students (I teach in Hannibal, Missouri, USA), fully 4/5 cannot write basically legible letters and words. I can decipher their work, but that only comes from being with them so often. Handwriting is not a focus - is it because it is not on the test? Whatever, so many of the children have no sense of pride in how their words are placed on paper, and no sense that others need to read those. So, if the basics are not in place, then the creative and organizational skill advantages expressed in the video will never have the chance to take root.

    • Handwriting
      14 February 2008 - 12:26

      It was very interesting to see this program and very good timing for me. I am presently doing a research assignment on Poor Handwriting and how it can effect a pupils learning. It was lovely to see so much effort being put into the art of handwriting compared to what happens in English schools. Such a calm approach and the right depth so as not to make it boring for the pupils. A lesson to be learnt here I think.