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Students should not be graded on their handwriting

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Started: 4/16/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Students should not be graded on their handwriting because even though their writing is bad, the answer for the questions will not change. It is still correct if the student is smart. Next, many jobs does not require perfect and neat hand writings. Those jobs are like doctors. Many doctors have bad handwriting making people often hard to read since it is cursive in messy ways. There are also jobs that are involved in talking only.


Not only does discipline in testing when it comes to handwriting help children develop reading circuitry in their brains, [1] make them better writers and spellers, [2] makes both children and adults smarter, [3] but also saves thousands of lives annually. [4]

"Next, many jobs does not require perfect and neat hand writings. Those jobs are like doctors."

Quite the opposite, doctors need neat handwriting. According to a report from the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine, doctors' careless handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually. [5]

Proper presentation is a crucial part of a piece of writing. It's also a necessary skill for almost all field of work.

Another example of bad handwriting getting people killed is from Edward Tufte's Visual Information. Edward uses the Challenger explosion as an example of what can go wrong when handwriting skills get ignored at a basic level. The launch didn't get canceled because the engineers provided disorganized and sloppy data to the upper management, who couldn't understand that it was too cold to launch. Resulting in the death of seven innocent people. It would be absurd even to suggest that presentation and organization of the students material shouldn't be examined when grading just for that reason alone.

Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by lua 3 years ago
Mimouse, answer me two questions. Do you believe teachers should teach handwriting? And do you think students should get tested on what they are taught?
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Reasons for voting decision: Con points out circumstances where handwriting is much more than trivial, like as a doctor. Poor handwriting in some circumstances can kill. But that's sort of irrelevant to the actual resolution of "students should be graded on handwriting". Well, good handwriting helps with circuitry, helps them become better writers, and makes them overall smarter, according to Con. [PS 1 Round debates are bad ideas. No room for rebuttal, giving the Contender an unfair advantage.]

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