"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of–– 'Those first-born affinities, That fit our new existence to existing things.'"
Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth
Handwriting fonts are a great idea if, for example, your 8th grader has just gone off to school and is now expected to write in cursive. Yes, he had a cursive book that he sort of did, and his older brother learned cursive so quickly, and, but...
They are also a good idea for my younger son still homeschooled in order to create copywork based on Connect With History rather than have him separately work on penmanship (and he needs some work in that subject.)
Forget about Getty-Dubay or D'Nealian or any other font from educational vendors as they are cost-prohibitive. Isn't there something among the thousands of free fonts out there?
I have found a nice grouping at Fontspace tagged "instructional" here. You can get block, manuscript, and cursive (Learning Curve Pro is particularly good.) You can also get fonts for music, sign language, and creating crossword puzzles (boxes with numbers in the corner.) Some are solid, others dotted, and others with the paper lines included.
Wish I had found these years ago--some of them were created as early as 2007! Now my 8th grader can type his assignment using Learning Curve Pro and then use that as a visual guide to transcribe his work in his own hand onto paper. So long as he does not have to write in cursive in class.
Here is how you install them in Windows. Once you download them, you will need to extract the files from the zip format (right-click and choose "extract all files".) You need the files ending in .ttf or .otf (the latter is better if you get it.) Next, open the Control Panel and select Fonts. You can copy and paste or just drag the files into the Fonts directory and you are done!
"Unless a man’s will has a purpose and it is a good one, education will do nothing for him except to fortify his own egotism."
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
"Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves."
Pope John Paul II Fides et Ratio
"The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense."
G. K. Chesterton
"The present collapse of this country began when education was regarded as a substitute for culture, or rather when instruction was regarded as a substitute for education, or rather when getting facts by teaching was regarded as a substitute for getting truth by tradition."
G. K. Chesterton
"Though the academic authorities are actually proud of conducting everything by means of Examinations, they seldom indulge in what religious people used to describe as Self-Examination. The consequence is that the modern State has educated its citizens in a series of ephemeral fads."
G. K. Chesterton
All this propaganda for literacy of one sort or another comes from people who believe that everyone should share their particular views of what the most important knowledge is and what conclusions should be drawn from it; in other words, they want others to be indoctrinated."
Henry H. Bauer Scientific Literacy and the Myth of the Scientific Method
"Upon the knowledge of these great matters--history, literature, nature, science, art--the mind feeds and grows...and the person becomes what is called magnanimous--that is a person of great mind, wide interests, incapable of occupying himself much about petty, personal matters."
Edith Stein, a.k.a. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
"It was the monks’ dedication to learning as the path on which to encounter the Incarnate Word of God that was to lay the foundation of our Western culture and civilization."