Friday, January 15, 2016

International Handwriting Week

Cursive going the way of the Dodo?

January 17 starts International Handwriting Week, culminating on January 23 in The USA's National Handwriting Day. The 23rd was chosen by the International Writing Instrument Manufacturer's Association because it's John Hancock's birthday.

Hancock signed his name big and bold on the Declaration of Independence so King George could read it without his specs. Sadly, many of today's children cannot read Hancock's signature, let alone the Declaration of Independence or other important source documents. As president of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF) I've watched the decline of handwriting training in US public schools with great concern. Our kids need the opportunity to learn this vital lifelong skill. For some of the reasons why, visit

Here's the Good News: Three years ago, AHAF formed the Campaign for Cursive committee, starting a grassroots campaign to turn this shameful situation around. Since partnering with other concerned companies and organizations, we're seeing progress. Several states have already returned the requirement to teach cursive writing to the curriculum. Check to see how you can help.

Gerrie Ferris Finger