MSNBC.com reports that in an age dominated by cell phones, text messages, and instant messaging, one school in Scotland is getting back to basics by teaching youngsters the neglected art of writing with a fountain pen. While computer lessons aren’t being ignored at the Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville Junior School, the school’s principal believes that the old-fashioned pens have improved both academic performance and self-esteem in the school’s 1,200 pupils. Principal Bryan Lewis says “the pens improve the quality of the work because they force children to take care, and better work improves self-esteem.” Students have been instructed to ditch the ballpoint pen in favor of the fountain pen. By the time they reach grade five, students are expected to work exclusively with fountain pens…