I think school teachers of the time I went to primary school were sadists, some of them anyway. My headmaster seemed to be one such person. We were lined up to have the cleanliness of shoes and fingernails checked. Mother always made sure our shoes were cleaned, but she failed on the fingernails. Whack over the hands with the cane. I think every boy got the cuts for one reason or t'other that day.
Yet when the school inspector visited, Headmaster ingratiatingly urged us to do our best. I recall him saying, "It not you who will get into trouble. It will be me." He was not a young man but he genuinely feared the school inspector.
I am trying to adjust my thinking to current school teachers fearing a school inspector and it is not working.
As I have said in the past, my handwriting is appalling, not helped by me hardly ever needing to write now. Something happened in schools just when I was learning to write. I think it was a change from cursive script to printing. My hand writing ended up being neither chicken nor fowl, possibly foul, and not helped by trying to learn proper writing later when I was in my twenties. I even bought a hand writing copy book from Sovereign Hill in Ballarat to improve my writing, laboriously copying letters and I think that did help.
I can print a lower case f easily enough but I can't recall how to loop it into a word unless I use old style writing. My f has more of an angle. Sometimes I forget But I never really fully learnt proper old style writing with any sort of skill. Now at times I forget how to form an f or a g.
It is fair to say, I am embarrassed by my handwriting and I try to avoid writing at any opportunity. When checking into a hotel, I always get R to do all the writing. This is my writing on a really good day. If I have to print, it is ever so ugly. At least I got every letter correct. That doesn't always happen.
Does it really matter? How bad is yours? Or, how good is yours? I would love to write nicely but at my age, it is not a skill that will suddenly spring to the fore. I just bless my keyboard and web based fill in forms.