The writing of our children

The writing of our children

At all levels of education the question of why our students write in an illegible way, which makes correction difficult and ultimately the ultimate goal of writing that is communication.


  • 1 The importance of writing in children
  • 2 The social and cultural influence on writing
  • 3 Take advantage of illegible writing
  • 4 The letter is one more form of expression

The importance of writing in children

It is clear that the problem does not arise in the university stage but has been crawling from the beginnings of scriptural learning. It is not a matter of promoting the absolute copy of a calligraphic model, but it is essential in the pre-calligraphic stage where the child needs a role model. The personalization of the scriptural traits will arrive with the psychimotor maturity of the student, and it will be reflected both the acquired scriptural level, as well as the evolution of his developing personality.

Maillo and other authors ("Didactics of the language in E.G.B.") speak in 1971 of Calligraphy as something to be extinguished or finished: "The need to have a beautiful writing has gone down in history; the old documents, exquisitely calligraphic, with their handicraft letters and elegant ornaments, the product of the scribe's mastery and infinite patience, have become museum pieces. "

While it is true that the current pace of life does not match the dedication and patience required by the calligraphy exercise, we must not lose sight of the fact that writing is and will continue to be a social convention, another communication tool. When he can no longer accomplish this end, it makes no sense. Even the author of a writing has difficulty reading his own writing.

The social and cultural influence on writing

Social patterns, norms should not stifle individuality, but it also does not exceed the limits of the norm. It is the way we move freely but within a socially acceptable framework.

It is not a matter of falling into extremes. Neither endless exercises of meaningless calligraphy, nor the subjective expression of forms that have nothing to do with the minimum structure that supports the purpose of communication.

Of course, education is not solely responsible for this problem. Writing not only reflects the cultural level of a person, but also their ability to adapt to the environment, their affectivity and defensive mechanisms That puts into play. It is not surprising that the devaluation of everything that represents the authority, the transgression to the norm, the difficulty of maintaining an internal and external order and the related conflicts are reflected in these writings little less than chaotic and unintelligible.

Take advantage of illegible writing

The issue is that Not only do they not understand what they write, but they often take advantage of this ... if I leave something confusing, I have the possibility to accommodate it as it suits me ... and this is not exactly a good habit !!! To top it off, this is usually associated with the use of the computer, when in reality it can only affect those who ONLY write on it and lose the habit of the manuscript ... although without reaching illegibility, they can lose their fluency. A student of any level writes in his notebook or folder several hours at least five days per week. This is clearly a problem of education, coupled with a social problem that has to do with respect for the rules and the other (which has to understand what I want to communicate) and a way of not taking charge of what I say, nor What I do ... IT IS TO THINK !!!!

The letter is one more form of expression

Unfortunately, this is downplayed social phenomenon that is brewing among our youth and adolescents. Adults, as an example that we are for them, have not yet found the balance between authoritarianism and the lack of limits, between abiding by the authority while maintaining our self-criticism and constantly criticizing or transgressing it. From the rigid and indisputable teacher, we go on to question the task that our children have as responsibility and as part of their learning.

Instead of being the padded walls where they can hit each other in the path of internalization of boundaries, we are so flexible that they must collide against the concrete walls of real life.

The lyrics of our young people are talking to us. He is telling us that there is a gap in communication, in education and in the recognition of social norms as a form of adaptation and coexistence.

Education is the field of action where graphologists can contribute our knowledge, reversing the problem, and of course, preventing it in the future.

Marigel Indart