To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I just read a letter from Bruce Henry decrying the poor writing skills exhibited by today's students (Eagle, Nov. 28). What Mr. Henry forgets is that teaching the skill of penmanship would take time away from the all-important task of studying for the latest iteration of the so-called "standardized" tests by which teachers, administrators and schools are judged. No one important (i.e. the deciders) sees anything as more insignificant than a student's ability to communicate with others by means of the written word.

Besides, with Twitter and texting, they are rendered incapable of writing a coherent sentence, let alone a paragraph or a letter. I hope Mr. Henry reaches the realization that he is actually worrying about a non-issue.

BARBARA ROBERTS

Becket