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Letters, James Gardner, Haberfield.  If education is meant to be a preparation for life, why are primary school children not allowed to use ball-point pens, and are forced instead to use old-fashioned steel pens and nibs. The only place where these things are used today is the Lottery Office.

Letters, Olive Short, Neutral Bay.  Lottery offices are definitely not the only places where steel nibs are used.  As an accountant I use one, as does the assistant secretary of our company. I would not think of writing in a ledger with a ballpoint.  They have taken all character out of handwriting and thank goodness the Education Department is sensible enough to see that children maintain some individuality in their writing.  Anyone can scribble with a ballpoint.

Letters, T Murphy, Mudgee.  I am a primary school teacher with thirty years experience. I have taught thousands of children to write. It is very difficult for them, and they all hate the experience. The pens they have are all old, the ink is a constant menace, and many of them do not have the manipulative skills to do a proper job.  So writing lessons are a horror.

The powers that be want everyone to write in copperplate, and even provide templates for the children to practice into. This is ridiculous, since all of them are not physically mature enough.  To say that certain strokes should be thin, and others should be thick, only shows how thick these people are.

The aim of writing is to communicate and to do business. If we can devise better ways of doing this, we should grab them and use them all the time. Give me and my children a biro every time. If anyone wants to write like a calligrapher, they should do a course on it – when they are adults.

Comments. These Letters take me back to my primary school days, and what a frightful mess it always was struggling with  pen and ink, and inkwells, and blotting paper, and ink on your fingers, and clearing up spills. Where did those small hairs come from that clogged up the nibs? 

One device that the above writers did not mention was the fountain pen. For me, this came after pen and ink, and before ball-points. This could also be messy when being filled, but was pretty good. Then came the bliss of ball-points.  Recall your first BIC?  Mine, at least, was heaven. Though refills were sometimes hard to get.

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