It's pretty late (by my standards), but I have been thinking about this little image for a while, so I better get it out and share the thought with you all.
Here's what the school children
were asked to fill-in back in time?
I'll be answering it, trying to be as objective as possible:
1. Yes, I have been told my writing is acceptable,
2. I try to make it simple, without any elaborate or curvy details,
3. Actually, my letters ten to stand tall and on't slant,
4. All the loops are closed, that is, I prefer to have a lot of circles in my writing,
5. No, I use an archaic variation to Cyrillic "z",
6. To my knowledge, they are.
7. Yes, there is a tail to every one of them,
8. I have never used a circle above the lettering, unless I'm goofing around,
9. The capital letters are bigger than the smaller ones,
10. Only time there's a "no" is when I accidentally "eat" one out of the word,
11. Yes, they are,
12. Alas, no - especially when I scribble on the sofa,
13. Rarely ever, but sometimes I like to clear out all distractions,
14. It came naturally to me,
15. At most times yes, because it hurts otherwise,
16. The sturdier the surface, the better the work, yes,
17. Just like the typewriter machine I do,
18. I have a natural mad-woman kind of a grip, but trying to loosen up,
19. It took the most time perfecting, only "no" in a really messy situation of ultimate hurry,
and 20. For some of the things - YES, it's a second nature.
This quiz is designed to remind children to keep their writing at their best. I fear that it seems to be a bit obsolete lately. Since we write in two letters - Cyrillic an Latin (latter know to most of you as the "alphabet"), it became "too hard" for a regular 14 year old to automatically separate between those two, so last year we hear our Minister of Education encouraging the kids to do the Standard Test the best they could, and promising them that the Test Checkers would not pay attention if they mix the two lettering in a same sentence.Sorry, what?!
Not being able to distinguish between your lettering is a matter of failing the year for a 9 year old, or so it was back in the day when writing include full length words, capitalization, using commas and using words longer than five letters.(Can you smell me being in flames, here?)
In 2015, British "Guardian" wrote about this, saying "A poll of 1,000 teens by the stationers Bic found that one in 10 don’t own a pen, a third have never written a letter, and half of 13- to 19-year-olds have never been forced to sit down and write a thank you letter. More than 80% have never written a love letter; 56% don’t have letter paper at home" - read the rest here - and just leave a comment about the title of their post (which I o not believe to be true).
Are we letting this go?
Since there is still those of us who LOVE getting letters written in our Pen Pal's handwriting, there is still hope. Vintage fashion and stationery go hand-in-hand, after all.
Am I right?
I'm interested to see your test results.