Cursive is a dying art…

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As a former third- and fourth-grade teacher, I remember the joy on children’s faces when they discovered that they could write like mom and dad. Students took pride in forming the graceful slants and curves in cursive writing — almost like drawing. It rarely took more than 10 minutes a day for several months for them to acquire this skill, and by the end fourth grade, the students were proficient. Printing, cursive and typing all use slightly different motor skills, which is good for brain development and small motor skills.

Something is lost when cursive writing is abandoned. Besides losing the unique identifiable quality of the individual’s handwriting, we also lose the ability to read original documents as they were first written. John Hancock’s large signature on the Declaration of Independence, indicating his willingness to die, makes an impact. Would a digitized version have the same power? Would love letters like those between John Adams and his wife, Abigail, or between Napoleon and Josephine, be as powerful? Seeing the handwriting connects us personally to the writer.

If cursive writing is no longer needed in this digital age, then why do we need printing and keyboarding as well? Let’s let Siri do our typing and our thumbprints replace our signatures. I won’t even mention retinal identification.-Dorothy Kimble

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Reading this article reminded me of this article on emojis. It also transported me back to childhood journals. I never mastered the legible art of cursive. It pains me that some of these pages are nothing more than scribbles. How I longed for them to be in print so I could fully recapture my elementary self. Nonetheless, whether it’s cursive or print, I think nothing beats a letter. This leaves me with a lot of questions to ask you .What has more presence to you: an emoji or a hand written note? When was the last time you wrote a note? Is the written note dead?

 

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14 Responses to Cursive is a dying art…

  1. Ugh!!! I hate this! I was so mad when I found out kids aren’t learning cursive anymore. It makes me sad.

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  2. jml297 says:

    The hand written note wins for me every time. I like to find (sometimes I make them using my photos) local handmade cards which I send off to friends and loved ones when I’m thinking of them. I know it’s old school but I love receiving these little moments by mail and sending them also has a special kind of pleasure. Thanks for an interesting post.

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  3. msw blog says:

    Me and my friends call those little moments “happy mail. I have learned you can find the best affordable handmade cards at art sales and farmers markets. Thank you for reading.

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  4. Handwriting is, unfortunately a dying art. So is spelling. You might like this: https://derrickjknight.com/2012/11/07/prolixity-or-conciseness/

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  5. Gail Kaufman says:

    Personally, I detest writing. After a short time, my hand gets tired, and then my writing gets so sloppy that I can’t even read it. I also have trouble reading other people’s handwriting.

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