Today I read an interesting article discussing cursive writing and education.
Is it necessary to teach handwriting anymore?
Cursive brings back some entertaining memories.
I remember some seriously dark days in elementary school with those cursive lessons in loops and curls. At 10 years old, I practiced my big fat O's and G's so that they were the loopiest and curliest in the whole fifth grade.
However, my teacher, Mrs. Cochran, didn't appreciate my jolly, rotund lettering.
She wanted the letters to be long, lean and slanted.
As a result, I had to stay inside for recess and practice my cursive letters in the painted white lines on the blackboard. Clearly, I was being punished for my loopiness.....
And now, it is a though Mr. Cursive is perched on a rocking chair, chewing sunflower seeds and counting out his twilight years wondering if anyone will ever need him anymore.I believe we are close to the end for the poor old guy.
To be honest, the demise of cursive makes me a little blue. I associate fine handwriting skills with elegance and culture and I am especially intrigued by professional writers who choose to write-out their entire drafts in cursive. These are the ones who enjoy the intimacy of the pen and the paper and the way it connects to their thoughts as they craft their ideas. Too, I have often admired beautiful handwriting the way I would admire someone dressed with impeccable style and finished detail. Polished handwriting skills demonstrate a pride and effort often missing in today's ultra-casual culture. The bottom line is that I believe I will miss this unique component of our language and communication.
Of course, there are a few veteran second and third grade teachers who will cling to Mr. Cursive's tradition and try with admirable efforts to squeeze him between lessons on the wet lands and chapters from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But, the sad truth is that there is simply little time for cursive in the typical classroom schedule anymore. I predict it will eventually become a skill associated with "artsy" people who might be hired to write names in fancy loopy cursive at children's birthday parties.
Eureka...I think I see my second career.
Wouldn't Mrs. Cochran be surprised?