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Some people naturally have beautiful handwriting, others struggle to make theirs legible, never mind neat. Children can spend a long time at school practising handwriting and being criticised if it isn't neat enough. Is it important for handwriting to be neat?

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I don't think it's important for it to be neat but I do like writing to be legible. I think the hours spent drilling children to write just like everybody else could be far better spent!
It's better if it's legible, as sometimes that makes a big difference in the workforce. Doctors and nurses need to be able to read patients' charts, order forms for businesses need to be legible, customers need to be able to understand signs (not that they read them anyway) etc. Just legible though. It doesn't need to be "perfect" and sometimes a difference in style is mistaken for a lack of care or neatness. I've lost count of the number of times someone from my parents' generation had a go at me or others of my generation for writing in the handwriting style we were taught instead of the copperplate they are used to. It's comparing apples and oranges and it's a bit rude.
No, but it certainly is handy! I have terrible handwriting most of the time, and sometimes find that I cannot read it!
by Vee
Absolutely it is.

My Mother always had the most perfect writing.
She told me back in the 'old Country' she was taught by a Gypsy!
Mother has to write over and over the words, till they were perfect.
That was back in 1918.
I think it is important for handwriting to be legible -don't think neatness matters in the greater scheme of things.

There are many people who's handwriting is just not possible to read, and I believe everyone should be taught to write legibly as it is important as they get older.

Even though most things are done on a computer nowadays, there is always a time when you still need to handwrite things.
by Finy
I love to see neat handwriting and I try to keep mine neat but it is not always possible. Sometimes I can't even read my own handwriting!
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