Many people can write, but not in such a way that others can read it. As typewriters and word processors become common even for students, the skills of penmanship are less emphasized. Further, it has become a curious sign of distinction to have penmanship which requires unusual effort for others to understand.
Good handwriting in the past was regarded as rather lower class, the mark of a civil servant or a clerk.
In 1990, more than a fifth of 10-year olds in the UK had difficulty forming letters and writing legibly. It is reported that teachers in some schools do not give any handwriting instructions, leaving children to pick up the basics on their own.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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