Cursive Writing

Cursive Writing Begins to Officially Die

Cursive WritingI’m especially interested in what parents and teachers think about this:  The state of Indiana has decided to stop teaching cursive writing in their schools.  (article)

I’m not really sure what I think about that.

Part of me says they’re right:  students should all be proficient at the computer keyboard.  I myself hardly ever even print and only use cursive writing when I “sign” my name.  (It’s an illegible thing that has had many an attempt at forgery–really.)  I literally avoid pens and pencils and demand a keyboard.  It’s much, much faster for me and is searchable.  Now my parent’s generation is a completely different story.  They never even print (but when they do it’s usually only in capitol letters), rarely hunt and peck, and only write in cursive.

But part of me worries.  Cursive was the tool used to craft the most essential documents of our country.  In very little time, children will no longer be able to read them?  Making a whole body of important literature even a tiny bit more remote from our mostly disinterested youth concerns me a bit.  And what of the illegible signature as personalized art form?

So, what’s your take?  Vote below.

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  1. While I was working in the newsroom at CNN and passing short handwritten notes around I discovered that they were all in print. At some point I have lost the natural facility of script and I have to consciously think about what I am doing now to write cursive. It has become hard to do. The worst part is my typing hasn’t gotten any easier as a trade-off.

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