Today I learned a lot about handwriting.
Handwriting started once the quill pen was invented in about 700 A. D. The quill
pen is made from a bird feather, and was used as a writing instrument for over 1,000 years. The strongest quills were those taken from living birds from the five left outer wing feathers. (You can create your own quill pen by using the instructions from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQvdquu81eo.) In order for the quill pen to work, it was dipped into ink. The quill pen is shown on the top right. Handwriting made for better writing because writers didn’t have to lift up the pen so much. Lifting the pen could caused ink to drip on the paper.
Handwriting — also known as “jointed-up” writing in the United Kingdom, “running writing” in Australia, and “linking” in New Zealand — is still used today. You can see the quill pen with the red feather on this page. Some people think handwriting is no longer necessary considering that no one uses quill pens anymore, but others think handwriting is still necessary. Others say that if someone tried to fake your signature, it would be easier to spot because it’s in cursive. If it wasn’t for that reason, I’d say that handwriting isn’t important and shouldn’t be taught.
You can learn more about handwriting here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cursive