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France - Teaching Handwriting

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Summary

An educational philosophy encompassing all creative subjects backs up the teaching of handwriting in France.

The French believe that giving children the ability to write will free their minds to perform creatively throughout their lives. So they teach handwriting as a subject in its own right.

And they teach handwriting in a uniform way throughout primary schools, using traditional calligraphy to produce a distinctive, ornate hand.

This programme visits a school in Lyon to see how students in Year 1 and Year 6 develop this ability.

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