10.05.2014
One day as I was writing out a few notes for my class on the white board one boy piped up loudly, “Mrs. Based on several conversations with young adults and youth, I have come to the conclusion that this generation of youth and children will likely never feel the need to write cursively.  It will become a lost art.
Even back in third grade, he remembers being excited when his teacher began a unit in cursive handwriting.
In the United States, penmanship was once an important part of the elementary-school curriculum, with children often studying cursive handwriting -- the conjoined form of the Latin alphabet -- for several years in a row in order to master the style. Now, more than 80 percent of American public schools have dropped cursive from their classrooms, using the time to teach typing and other technological skills instead. The trend is evident across many Western countries, where schools are now putting an emphasis on the content and quality of a student's writing, rather than basic skills like penmanship, spelling, or even grammar. But some Western observers still worry that younger generations may soon find cursive writing and other forms of orthography as difficult to decipher as medieval manuscripts.
Younger generations may soon find cursive writing and other forms of orthography as difficult to decipher as medieval manuscripts.


Many handwriting advocates argue that the next generation of adults will be so unversed in cursive that they will be unable to write their own signature or read historic documents, or a letter from their grandmother. Jen L'Italien added this to Guest Picks: Typography LoveThis fabric design brings me back to elementary school days when I'd practice my cursive writing on lined paper. September 1, 2012 by Maryse 1 Comment Consider the case of cursive — the looping letters of flowing script also known as handwriting — disappearing from schools, lost from love letters, and now relegated most often simply to signatures.
Supporters of cursive say there is a societal responsibility to keep it alive, and that much more than penmanship is at stake. It’s “a gift” said one university professor, a lifelong skill, the demise of which creates cultural deficits, like an inability to read historical documents. Earlier this spring, North Carolina passed an international headline-garnering bill that requires public schools to teach multiplication tables as well as cursive handwriting.
In a New York Times Room for Debate segment on cursive in the classroom, University of Southern California education professor Morgan Polikoff argued that since few adults regularly employ it and most workplace communication is conducted via keyboard, teaching penmanship only gobbles up valuable classroom minutes. States like North Carolina and California, which have preserved a cursive requirement, see a value in kids mastering those curliques and flourishes beyond them forging a Declaration of Independence-worthy signature.
At Psychology Today, Texas A&M neuroscience professor William Klemm similarly decried the downfall of cursive education.


And I have a feeling that few, if any, educators would argue that cursive handwriting has no positive effect on the brain. Brain studies on younger children suggest that cursive simultaneously stokes the brain’s visual, tactile and fine motor circuits and helps optimize how efficiency they work. The sometimes painstaking process of learning cursive, by that logic, is healthy for kids over the long-term, regardless of how often people encounter situations that demand classy penmanship.
Consequently, the decline of teaching cursive disappoints me, not so much because fewer children will be learning an increasingly rare handwriting style, but because the decision to do away with it seems largely based on not having enough hours in the school day to squeeze it in.
This is also coming from a former kid who felt incredibly grown up and dignified after mastering cursive, hence I’m subjectively biased. I ceased writing in cursive at that time, and except for my signature (almost complete illegible) I have never written in cursive since.




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