Educators say a decline in handwriting ability can be attributed to its absence from school curricula, and they are working to turn attention back to handwriting basics. "What has happened over the last 25 to 30 years with handwriting, with the onset of computers and technology, is the mind-set we don't need handwriting anymore," says a spokeswoman with the national Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. "It's starting to make a comeback. We can't eliminate [handwriting] completely -- we need it for jobs, and it's important to student success."

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