Find your next job fast at the Jan. 28 Virtual Career Fair. Register now.
Education

Take Note

May 30, 2001 1 min read

The Write Stuff

In a world where computers have cornered the market on producing technically perfect P’s and Q’s, neat handwriting may seem like an outdated skill.

But not for Miho Ueda, a 5th grader at the 110-student Principled Academy, a private school in San Leandro, Calif. She’s the 5th grade California State Handwriting Champion.

Miho competed in the National Handwriting Contest, sponsored by the Zaner-Bloser Co. of Columbus, Ohio, the nation’s leading publisher of handwriting texts for students in grades K-8. Judges reviewed more than 104,000 student handwriting samples. Children were asked to copy a sentence provided by the company and then to write one of their own, both in cursive.

Miho’s teacher, Brenna Iredale, encouraged her to submit a sample.

“I’m always looking for ways to recognize each student’s talents, and Miho is so artistic,” she said.

Students begin learning cursive in the 2nd and 3rd grades after they’ve mastered the alphabet and can print evenly. Miho showed talented early on, and by the 5th grade, her cursive had become so extraordinary it caught attention.

“Her handwriting is better than my own,” said Ms. Iredale. “In fact, it’s better than most adults’. You look at it, and you never think it could be done by a child.”

Ms. Iredale credits much of Miho’s skill to her strong hand muscles, but says that artistic inclinations and great patience play a role.

For Miho, her teacher said, handwriting is an intensely beautiful art form that makes a computer’s seemingly perfect keystrokes dull and boring.

“She works deliberately and cautiously,” said Ms. Iredale. “Not like some of us who just scribble things down.”

—Marianne Hurst

A version of this article appeared in the May 30, 2001 edition of Education Week

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
How to Make Learning More Interactive From Anywhere
Join experts from Samsung and Boxlight to learn how to make learning more interactive from anywhere.
Content provided by Samsung
Teaching Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table With Education Week: How Educators Can Respond to a Post-Truth Era
How do educators break through the noise of disinformation to teach lessons grounded in objective truth? Join to find out.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
The 4 Biggest Challenges of MTSS During Remote Learning: How Districts Are Adapting
Leaders share ways they have overcome the biggest obstacles of adapting a MTSS or RTI framework in a hybrid or remote learning environment.
Content provided by Panorama Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Superintendent, Dublin Unified School District
Dublin, California (US)
Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
Superintendent, Dublin Unified School District
Dublin, California (US)
Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES
Larkspur, California
Tamalpais Union High School District
Special Education Teachers
Lancaster, PA, US
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: January 13, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read