Who needs handwriting in a world of word processors, texting, and Twitter?

You do.

It’s not a popular stance, I know. In an age where high school students are assigned to summarize passages from Shakespeare in a 140-character SMS, no one wants to put pen to paper anymore. It’s not as sleek, not as fun, and–let’s face it–not as efficient. But before you throw out your handwriting curriculum with that dried up bottle of white out, consider these handwriting highlights and mishaps.

Handwriting bests:

  • Recent studies show that learning how to write by hand may improve your memory, grades, and confidence.
  • As long as standardized tests have a handwritten section, elegant handwriting may help earn your college admittance. Regardless of the content, a hard-to-read response on the SAT receives a score of zero.
  • Once you’ve dedicated time to perfecting your penmanship, why not use it all the time? At myscriptfont.com, you can create your own handwriting font for free to merge your handwritten world with the digital.

Handwriting bads:

  • Bad handwriting botched two bank robbery attempts (one in Delaware and one in Texas) in the past month and a half.
  • What began as an act of compassion ended as an act of shame when Britain’s Gordon Brown (prime minister at the time) wrote a poorly penned condolence letter to the mother of a soldier killed in action.
  • NBA star Shane Battier would be Shane Battle if it weren’t for his father’s sloppily signed birth certificate
  • An illegible doctor’s signature got an innocent woman arrested when she tried to fill a prescription.