Wow, I heard a news item on the radio today. Cursive writing is no longer being taught in many U.S. schools.
Here is a link (click here) to an article in the American-Statesman.
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Here are some quotes from the article:
"Today, written communication is increasingly being replaced by computer messages. And, while adding computer proficiency requirements, school districts across Texas and the nation are de-emphasizing cursive writing in elementary school training. In higher grades, teachers are seeing less work done in cursive and more in block lettering or on computer printouts."
"Furthermore, some teachers say that with the pressure to help students pass high-stakes achievement tests, they don't have time or classroom resources to ensure that students master all aspects of handwriting."
"Traditional penmanship, like calligraphy before it, is fast becoming a lost art."
I must confess that about 30 years ago I quit writing in cursive. My handwriting was so hard to read. If I have to write something out by hand I always print.
When I send someone a note through the postal mail I either print the note by hand or I type it on the computer, print it out, and sign it by hand. I do sometimes feel embarrassed using the computer in that way.
Here is a sample of my cursive handwriting (no laughing please!):
If you want to learn or teach cursive, here is an interesting link:
Handwriting For Kids
Maybe I am just thinking that if I had to suffer through learning cursive then so should my kids. My kids: well, at ages 20 and 17 I am quite aware that they failed to learn cursive. In fact, if my younger son ever writes using anything that does not have a built in spell checker then he is doomed.
What do you think about the demise of cursive writing?