We constantly see students in video clips in school. Invariably they show that students do not know how to hold a pencil or a pen. Something else that is no longer taught. Their fingers must be terribly cramped at the end of the day. No wonder they hate school.
Anecdote-data-and-all-that, but I can confirm that my now-6-year-old son got plenty of instruction in how to hold a pencil or pen in preschool and kindergarten.
Apropos of this general discussion, let me recommend this film from 1927, which apparently was *seriously* necessary at the time even though it seems obvious enough to be silly now: https://archive.org/details/HowtoUse1927
(Well, it's obvious to those of us who are old enough to remember dial telephones in the first place. A few years ago I started meeting adults who truly didn't know why we call it "dialing" a phone!)
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The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
-The Little Technical Library, _Developing, Printing, And Enlarging_