William McKeith asks what will be lost if school children are no longer taught to write by hand. In my opinion and based on personal experience, a hell of a lot will be lost.
I love to write by hand and try to do so each day. I have a small collection of fountain pens and various coloured inks to choose from. The whole process is sensuous and deeply meditative; the colour of the inks, the beauty and design of my pens, the sound of pen on paper. I have excellent hand to eye coordination which has enabled me not only to write well but also to teach myself to sketch and now paint my world. Writing my thoughts by hand enables me to connect with my subconscious and to problem solve. Sketching and painting enables me to see the world around me and connect to it in meaningful ways. When I write and sketch I am most definitely not disengaged from the world around me. I am acutely in touch with it.
I use technology too but when I do I am at a remove from the process of self expression. There is a glass screen between me and my words and pictures.
The myth persists that only some people are naturally talented artists. This is incorrect. Everyone who can write their name in cursive lettering can be taught to draw and to draw well. Being able to write and draw develops the right side of the brain. This is the side of the brain that understands patterns, spatial relationships and can connect the dots in ways our left, rational brain can't. This knowledge has been around and well researched and understood for decades. It's not at all encouraging that policy makers aren't across this information.