Why, oh why, do students have such bad handwriting?

“In every decision, so a friend tells me, there is the good reason and the real reason. Last year, I decided that all my modules from now on would be examined by course work rather than sit-down examinations. The good reason? There is something very strange in testing a student’s ability to master, analyse and engage with difficult philosophical material by sitting them down for two or three hours at a rickety table, under neon lights. The real reason? I just can’t bear reading students’ handwriting any more …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 1 June]

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