This week the topic at ABC and 123 Summer Picnic is writing. In the search of a clever name for this post I went to my favorite Quote Garden, and found the one I liked, Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. This quote summarizes perfectly why I always liked to put my thoughts in writing. I am introverted, and I always liked to spend the time by myself thinking about things and writing them down. I kept a diary on and off for years. Writing helped me to find words for whatever was troubling me and therefore helped me to evaluate the situation better, and it helped me to remember things. There is a strong kinetic component in the way I learn. When I was a student, I enjoyed note taking, because I remembered material better, and I could focus for longer period of time when I was writing something down.
I also enjoy the physical process of writing. It’s interesting that even though I have all kinds of digital devices (cell phone, PDA, laptop), I still prefer to write my task list in a regular notebook. I remember countless hours my mother spent with me making me practice legible writing. I resented them then, but I surely appreciate the effort now when writing feels like pleasure and not an unpleasant chore.
That said, I hope that in the school of tomorrow calligraphy will be deemphasized. It’s not a skill of the future in my mind, it’s a skill of the past. I think the time spent on drilling students how to write their letters prettily will be spent better on teaching them how to type fast and how to present their thoughts clearly and concisely. If I think about my well-paid job in hi-tech industry, writing well is extremely important, since I write about 20 emails on average on any given day trying to convince people all over the globe to bow to my will (just kidding :)). This is another skill that I hope to see in the school curriculums of the future – communicating over the Internet. It’s definitely a new wave of talking to a wide audience that didn’t exist even 15 years ago, and our children will be a lot more comfortable with the digital media and social networking than we are today. I hope that my daughter will learn how to put her words to paper (ahem… keyboard) and will find as much pleasure in sharing them as I do.