Education: Get Into Step

In any other U.S. community, Tannenbaum's Handwriting of the Renaissance would hardly be popular reading. But in suburban Brookline, Mass. (pop. 57,589), a good number of parents are thumbing it through—and all are doing so with a purpose. Last week they were collecting ammunition for the hottest school battle of the year. Their target: the exclusive teaching of manuscript printing in Brookline's public grade schools.

The battle began when a series of incidents made parents realize that something was radically wrong. One little boy confessed that he could not read the postcards his...

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