Lately, I’ve been seeing these memes: “Please share if you believe schools should teach cursive.” I started to give it some serious thought.
Learning cursive was torture for me. My B’s never looked like B’s and the humps of my M’s and N’s were always confused. Heaven forbid I ever had to write a capital Q – I had no real control over all those curlicues.
I have always been jealous of people with beautiful handwriting.
Recently, an invitation arrived in the mail and I spent 10 minutes just marveling at the handwriting.
How could anyone be so perfect. It was like looking at those cards that were posted above the chalkboard with little arrows demonstrating which way to drag your pen to get the perfect form.
I worry about those people – are they high-strung, living on the edge. The vast majority of us have lousy handwriting. And our signatures are nearly illegible.
Most doctors require you to sign in before an appointment, have you ever looked at the list of names? (Don’t lie, you know you have.)
At the store or the gas station, you often have to sign your name with that stupid pen, which is little more than a stick. What a fiasco. Half the time the thing doesn’t work the other half the screen doesn’t work. And yet, I’ve never seen anyone turned down for an illegible signature?
Couple of weeks ago, when my signature was requested, I signed “Her Majesty the Queen.”
Not that you could tell.
You do need cursive to sign paper checks, but how many checks do you write a year? Most places prefer you pay digitally – no signing needed.
When my children were small I used to tell them that a formal document requires a formal signature and that printing a name in block letters isn’t formal.
Obviously, some folks are taking this cursive question very seriously.
In Arizona, Sen. Gail Griffin (R) introduced a bill that would require students be able to write legibly in cursive by the end of fifth grade.
The Governor, Doug Ducey, vetoed the law, but wrote that he believed the state’s educational standards were requirement enough and that making it law was unnecessary.
In Indiana, Sen. Jean Leising has introduced a bill to make cursive a requirement for five years in a row. Hasn’t happened yet.
Those in favor of continuing to teach cursive say it sparks the brains cognitive centers and that it’s important for enhancing fine motor skills. Researchers found that students who took notes by hand scored better on tests than students who used a computer for note-taking.
Maybe the handwriting is on the wall.
Maybe a generation from now it might not even be a conversation.
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