Handwriting is something most college students avoid whenever possible, and now the public school system is making it even easier.
Many states are no longer requiring schools to teach cursive writing. This decision has been met with some controversy on the Internet. The older generation seems more hostile to the idea, while the younger generation is applauding.
Keyboard skills and typing are now being emphasized in the public school system; as well it should be. Welcome to the 21st century.
Look around you during class. How many of your classmates are writing in cursive or typing on a laptop? Besides my older relatives, almost no one I know uses cursive.
I think this is one of the best ideas the school system has had in a long time. Cursive writing is no longer required due to shorthand not being used anymore and this wonderful invention called a computer. Sure, it is important to have legible handwriting, but I would not classify cursive as “legible.”
I have never been able to read cursive (part of this may be due to the fact that I was legally blind as a child). Instead I focused my efforts into my print handwriting and my typing skills.
I am proud to say that after many hours of practicing my handwriting skills as a child, I have neat handwriting today. Many of my friends don’t have legible handwriting and many can no longer write in cursive despite learning it as a child. They make up for it however, by having excellent typing skills.
Is cursive writing that important? The only argument I can formulate is the act of a signature. A signature has to be in cursive, right? Nope. As long as you print your name, or simply put an “X” down, it is legal.
Makes you wonder why you had to learn cursive in the first place.
It is my belief that cutting cursive writing from the curriculum will give teachers more time to focus on other more relevant material. The world is changing and we need to move with it.
Years from now cursive writing will be as foreign to our grandchildren as shorthand is to us. Makes you feel old already, doesn’t it? n