How You Write Vs. What You Write

From an early age, most of us have been taught (by teachers & parents) that it’s exceptionally important to have good handwriting.

None of us has ever bothered to question why.

Is neat handwriting a precursor to success? Is a child who can’t produce aesthetically pleasing letters on a page, any less intelligent that one who can? The answer to both these questions is quite obviously, no.

Yet so many teachers & parents place so much of emphasis on “good” handwriting skills. The vast majority of us have never questioned how much of real-world value is actually added to a child’s life if he/she conforms to our various standards of excellence.

(Note: I’m not saying there’s no merit in skills taught at school. I’m saying we shouldn’t be so fixated on them that we use them as benchmarks to label children as “weak”, “slow” or “backwards”)

Now, this post isn’t about writing per se. It’s about a concept.

What a child (or adult) writes is infinitely more important than how their handwriting looks.

What a child (or adult) does with what their life is more important than some numbers on a report card.

Let’s become obsessed with meaningful output instead of focusing on meaningless metrics that are supposed indicators of achievement.