Submitted by: Shirl Solomon, Handwriting Analyst & Expert
Contact: Email: Anomolos@bellsouth.net Phone: (561) 965-0903
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Noted Author Warns ''American Schools Are Sacrificing Students' Writing Skills''
November 14, 2012 (MMD Newswire) -- To write, or not to write --that is the question, and the consequences are serious," says Shirl Solomon, author of "Knowing Your Child Through His Handwriting and Drawing", stressing that handwriting and drawing are tools for learning and creativity. "The mind guides the hand, but the hand can also help a troubled mind by practicing skilled movements. For the young child, there is no greater developmental skill than that afforded by cursive writing. Do those who make such heavy decisions as removing cursive writing from the school curriculum not know this?"
Thirty-four years ago, Shirl Solomon's book "Knowing Your Child Through His Handwriting and Drawings" was published by Crown Publishers. The foreword was written by the Senior Child Psychiatrist of Coney Island Hospital and the book was nominated for the 1980 Janusz Korczak Award for contribution in the field of child development. She says that the key words "child development" echoed in her head as she edited this work (now a Kindle ebook), noting that upon reviewing the drawings and writings of children between 2-1/2 and 10, she could envision their handwriting today. For her that would not be a monumental task since her occupation for the past 34 years has been that of a forensic handwriting expert. She has examined thousands of handwritings and testified in court to their authenticity and continues to see the child in the adult writing. Mrs. Solomon holds to the Freudian concept that the child is 'father of the man', that this has been proven to her over and over again in adult handwriting.
Shirl Solomon feels that "Knowing your Child Through His Handwriting and Drawing" is a must for parents, educators and everyone. She claims that her research is valid today, important because it combined the skills of teachers, parents, psychologists and the handwriting analyst. Many children were helped, like the 6-year-old who admitted to building a bomb at home to blow up his house.
Mrs. Solomon is concerned that currently schools in 48 of our states are depriving children of a most important developmental skill--cursive writing. She says that we, Americans, should speak out. "Technology is great, but it must allow artistic expression to survive...or what's a heaven for?"