By Rosemar Sassoon
This interesting and wide-ranging ebook charts advancements within the educating and examine of handwriting over the process the 20 th century. The ebook indicates how altering academic regulations, fiscal forces and inevitable technological increase have mixed to change the priorities and type of handwriting. This 'long and infrequently sorry tale' tells additionally of the sheer discomfort and difficult paintings of kids compelled to stick with the fashion of the day, and of the reformers who've sought to simplify the instructing and studying of handwriting through the years. Illustrated all through with examples from copybooks and private handwriting from internationally, the booklet is a compelling historic list of options, types and strategies.
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As McNeill wrote: ‘When before had a British Prime Minister been called upon to assist in the production of copy lines for Irish school children? In his passion for perfection Vere could not have done more’. The books were first published in 1865, having been submitted to eminent educationists, and had their content approved. They were an immediate success and spread to England and America, then throughout the Englishspeaking world. Their title was soon changed to Vere Foster’s National School Copybooks, and finally to Vere Foster’s Copy Books.
Although writing is taught as a visual performance this is objectionable for ocular reasons. The eye only being necessary to keep the lines straight, writing should be learned by muscular sense, as a typist learns to work without looking at the keyboard’. Differing views on left-handedness appeared. These ranged from teachers who asked whether it was desirable to make such boys use the right hand exclusively in writing and in manual work, to a certain follower of Montessori who stated categorically that natural left handers should not be forced to write with the right hand: ‘Evidence has been accumulated which establishes the fact that this is a fertile cause of stammering’.
Philip and Tacey, educational suppliers since 1828, provided a comprehensive list of current series in their 1898 catalogue. Macmillan’s catalogue of 1897 detailed their own series, and their archivist gave vital information about the length of time that they were available. Three entries related to handwriting: Macmillan’s Official Copy books (first available early 1890s), Macmillan’s Official writing charts, new in 1897 (on cloth rollers and varnished), and a series of fifteen other copybooks, first available in 1878.
Handwriting of the 20th Century: From Copperplate to the Computer by Rosemar Sassoon