Along with cursive writing, map reading, spelling and figuring out how to use a card catalog are all skills taught in my childhood that if not completely obsolete will be soon.
I learned to type on a Selectric Typewriter, not a computer. In fact I remember when the next year in school there were electric IBM’s and I had to re-learn the carriage return part of typing. At that time looking into a handheld device and talking and seeing the person you were talking to was only a science fiction show called star trek.
Now there are schools opting to not teach cursive writing. On side arguing that it is obsolete and they shouldn’t bother teaching penmanship at all and instead just teach them to code. While others argue the fluid motion teaches hand-eye coordination and promotes reading and writing skills.
I remember Miss Till teaching us the cursive standards a few letters at a time. Practicing them over and over until we were writing the entire alphabet in cursive. Although we are living more and more in a digital world with books on a screen, phones, twitter and email, I hope cursive writing doesn’t go by way of the Selectric Typewriter.