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The unfortunate fate of cursive handwriting

A recent JSOnline.com poll about cursive writing in schools.
While reading the news online during my lunch hour, I learned that public schools most likely will not teach cursive handwriting to students in the future. Advocates of cutting this from curriculum say more time can be devoted to reading and math — subjects that are part of standardized testing. And, as schools develop and integrate more technology in the classroom, much of a student’s schoolwork will be done with a computer or tablet device, eliminating the need for work done with a pen and paper.  Standardized tests for students will likely be done electronically sooner rather than later as well.

Will the No. 2 pencil become a collector’s item and be seen in museums during my lifetime?

Opponents of cutting cursive from schools say students may not know how to read cursive if they’re never taught how to write it themselves. Plus, there are benefits to cursive. It is difficult to copy compared with printing — so I hope all the breakthrough thinking and great ideas at Bader Rutter are written in cursive! And cursive is faster, too — each written word is a fluid movement where your pen never leaves the paper. I personally know a few people whose cursive is significantly more legible than their chicken-scratch print.

Like fellow BR associate Kim Forrest, who wrote on this blog about cursive becoming a lost art, I agree that a signature is a peek into the personality of the writer. In a world where so much of what we do is electronic and digital, your penmanship — more specifically, your signature — is uniquely yours, whether it’s written on a check or in a handwritten note to your grandparents.

I have a plethora of wedding thank-you cards to write in the next few weeks, and I’m glad I will be handwriting them all — in cursive. 

Reader Comments (1)

I guess its going the way of Art classes which I think are also necessary. It's an unfortunate casualty of cut-backs in public education. Either we as a society value the education of the next generation or we don't. The proof is in where we are willing to commit resources. Sad. =(

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Maier

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