If you look at the Bukvar for 59, 62, 80 and 2011, you can see the trend, as calligraphy is simply excluded from the educational process. But why, is this a completely redundant and unnecessary skill? Let's look at the experience of Japan.
In the 80s, the largest Japanese company engaged in the production of consumer electronics and professional electronics - beginning to move to new technologies, conducted a curious experiment in many countries. We looked for some methods that can be used in this region and in this culture to train future specialists in different directions. The program lasted a long time. It was financed more than 10 years. When they collected the data, the organizers of the experiment were shocked. Calligraphy met all the requirements to the greatest extent. Therefore, the company recommended introducing calligraphy from the 1st to the 11th grade in all schools and universities, regardless of the specialization of the educational institution. To form the same qualities that are necessary for future specialists in the field of innovative technologies.
Here is another interesting fact from modern Japanese life. Many large firms in Japan invite teachers (Sensei) to lunch break, who are engaged with calligraphy employees for half an hour a day. Heads of companies consider this a very inexpensive occupation useful not only for health, but also for the development of the creative potential of specialists. And nobody can argue with the fact that the Japanese are the most efficient nation, besides the most advanced and creative in the field of innovative developments. Undoubtedly, it is not only calligraphy that is due here. But it is quite obvious that this is the result of the careful attitude of the Japanese towards their history, traditions and roots, spiritual and physical health of the nation.
Chinese experts are revealing this topic in an even more unexpected perspective. In his article "Calligraphy and Health" associate professor of the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication Yuan Pu talks about the influence of calligraphy on brain activity in general and even on life expectancy. It is believed that out of all kinds of arbitrary actions, the act of writing is the most difficult and laborious. The position of the fingers, palms and wrists for the correct grasp of the pen, the correct position of the wrist and hands in the air when writing, moving with the pen, all this not only trains the muscles of the hands and nerves, but also affects all parts of the body: fingers, shoulders, back and legs. Calligraphic exercises are inherently reminiscent of qigong gymnastics, which "changes the physique, moves the joints." This process affects mental and physical health, develops the thinnest muscles of the hands, stimulates brain work and imagination. The writing process also restores breathing.
Calligraphy makes the right cerebral share feel the correctness of the lines, the structure of symmetry, rhythm and tempo, develops attentiveness, observation and imagination. Yuan Pu came to the conclusion that students who study calligraphy, much faster than others perceive and remember information. And the fact that calligraphy prolongs life is a scientifically proven fact. Contemporary calligrapher Su Zusian lived 110 years, Don Shupin lived up to 94 years. Font creator Qi Gong, a contemporary calligrapher, a former member of the Chinese Association of Calligraphers, lived 95 years.
Another Chinese expert, Professor Henry Cao, makes even more bold conclusions based on the studies conducted: there are practically no such diseases that could not be cured by calligraphy. The results show that the patient practicing calligraphic writing experiences relaxation and emotional calm, expressed in the uniform breathing, slowing the pulse, lowering the blood pressure and reducing the muscular tension. Improved response, ability to differentiate and define figures, as well as the ability to orientation in space.
Practical and clinical studies have shown a positive effect of calligraphic writing treatment in behavioral disorders of patients with autism, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. Moreover, the ability to logical thinking, reasoning in children with little mental retardation developed; memory was also strengthened, concentration, orientation in space and coordination of movements in patients with Alzheimer's disease improved. At the same time, the technique was successfully applied to patients with psychosomatic disorders in hypertension and diabetes and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and neuroses: they had an emotional background.