I was amazed at my son's 'achievement' he was telling me about their exams last week. He said that he wrote a 1,000-word persuasive essay. By hand. Yes, with a pen! With his own penmanship. I was more surprised than he was. Actually, the students were prompted to prepare during the semester to do research and study. At exams, they will all have to put them in writing by hand. Of course, he did his very best to write neatly and persuasively to achieve good grades. Being granted scholarship this year has been his driving force, thankfully. His previous homeshooling prepared him for that, I guess. Penmanship is still, I think, an endeavor among educators in our school system. It's a pity that majority of the schools refuse that privilege of learning the 'art.'