Cursive Handwriting

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  On side arguing that it is obsolete and they shouldn’t bother teaching penmanship at all and instead just teach them to code.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.

4 Responses to “Cursive Handwriting”

  1. Linda Middlebrooks Says:

    As a former teacher of cursive writing, I also hope that schools continue to teach cursive writing skills. It always bothered me when one of the School Board members, an attorney, could not write his name so that we could read it on our contracts! With computers and calculators handy, why teach math skills such as adding, subtracting, multiplication or division? But when the calculators loose their batteries, computers need to be plugged in for power, and the power is off, when you want to read something in cursive writing from years ago……..well, let’s keep teaching those things even if it might be just a discipline of the mind and hands.
    Linda M.

  2. Leslie Fish Says:

    Where did you get the idea that the ONLY handwriting is “Cursive”? Did you never look at a copy of the Constitution, and realize that it was written in *Italic* script? And never mind people who write in other alphabets, like Israelis or Japanese; they’re certainly not using “Cursive”, and haven’t lost any brain-development from the lack of it. Teach penmanship, of course, but not necessarily “Cursive”. In Finland, which has the best schools in the world, the children are taught Italic, and — surprise! — even their doctors have clear and legible handwriting.

    • V_Lo Says:

      I never said cursive was the ONLY handwriting. It really is a post regarding the discussion of handwriting becoming obsolete because of technology.

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