"A PRIVATE school is insisting pupils use fountain pens, in an attempt to save the dying art of handwriting.
Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville junior school in Edinburgh believes longhand is on the brink of extinction, thanks to text messaging and computers.
Bryan Lewis, the school’s headmaster, has banned the use of rollerball pens and pencils by pupils from P5 onwards. The school believes that mastering stylish handwriting with a fountain pen raises academic performance and boosts self-esteem.
Mr Lewis believes the problem to be so acute that new staff often have to be given lessons in how to write before entering the classroom to teach…."
By Stephen McGinty