In the digital age handwriting as a skill has long since been on a slow decline, but this downturn in calligraphic competence has now taken a major new step with the announcement that from Autumn 2016 Finnish primary school students will no longer be taught to use a pen in this manner at all.

The BBC reports that typing will take handwriting’s place as the method in which Finland’s teachers will expect pupil’s work to be recorded.

While embracing the virtues of this the modern approach the heads of Finland’s educational systems have however acknowledged the new strategy will be “a major cultural change“.

Significant concerns remain as one Finnish educational administrator “points out that handwriting helps children to develop fine motor skills and brain function“.

If this trend spreads across Europe and beyond perhaps the significance of the benefits CleverstiX provides for children will become ever more important.

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