This post was spawned by this article from Time Magazine, wherein a 15-year-old is allowed to use a computer on standardized test, since his handwriting is so bad. I say fail him. If he can't read and write, then he doesn't meet the standard. Especially considering that the reason he can't write is that he likes the attention of being “that kid with really bad handwriting.”
An open letter to that kid's mom: Child-whacking sticks are on sale wherever wooden spoons are sold.