How so. Electronic prescriptions are well past the 50% mark now, and should have the error and fraud prone paper prescriptions killed off in a handful of years. http://healthit.gov/sites/default/files/oncdatabriefe-prescribingincreases2014.pdf
I might be happy to find a reason to keep it as a core skill, but I struggle to find anywhere that makes sense. Calligraphy now sits in the "art" world, seems reasonable to move writing (script) to that same world.
I haven't seen any of these electronic prescriptions in Canada. People also record minutes, field tag numbers, night reports, incident reports, any signatures, and pure convenence tasks like to do lists or grocery lists. Handwriting is a fast and efficent way to do any of these jobs, and if you cant handwrite or read handwriting you miss out on this convenience and have a hard time doing your job
"I haven't seen any of these electronic prescriptions in Canada." - Canada needs to get on the ball. || "People also record minutes," - How is this not possible, or enhanced over minutes recorded on tablet/LT. || "field tag numbers" - Are you talking about... Well, that seems broad, but I don't see how handwriting skills are required. "night reports, incident reports," - I have been building a mobile platform for officers to do reporting. They LOVE it. They HATE the handwritten reports, both the officers, and report consumers. Less error, better reports. || "any signatures," - e-sig works. "and pure convenence tasks like to do lists or grocery lists." - Well... This sounds like preference still. I can talk at my phone and enter a better to-do list. "Handwriting is a fast and efficent way to do any of these jobs, and if you cant handwrite or read handwriting you miss out on this convenience and have a hard time doing your job" - Just utterly unconvinced. Especially "hard time doing your job". I am looking for that, and coming up empty handed. There just isn't any place that would PREFER handwritten script over some electronic form.
Old people retirement places tend not to send emails of the lunch schedual lol, Maybe i need to get with the times, and i do believe in offering typing classes as well, I just find handwriting a usefull skill to have as well, never understoond why people cannot read my handwriting.
Well o0jeannie0o. I bet you have much better handwriting than I do. I use a fountain pen. I just like them, and it slows me down a bit. Regardless, when writing to ANYONE but myself, I type. There simply is NO good reason for me to scribble in my moleskin books other than nostalgia and habit.
I would like to add, misunderstanding writing becomes a... Problem. The prescriptions are a good example, but I borough-up security/police. When a report is written, it becomes the legal document (called the 'four corners'. What is IN that document is what it is. Regardless how it is transcribed later, the messing handwriting is the only true document for an incident. If it is illegible later, criminals get off, wrong suspects get arrested. Its a mess.
I do say that students should not be graded by their handwriting, since we all have our own distinct and unique handwriting styles. However, I would say that it is also important for students to have a reasonably understandable handwriting style. For example, when a teacher marks an essay, and he cannot understand what the student has written on that particular spot of paper due to handwriting problems, the teacher is actually able to deduct marks from that, even if the student has written the correct stuff.