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Cursive

No, not swear words as many youth would assume when reading that word, simply because they have never been taught to write cursive.

As mentioned in a previous post, I collect antique books and I am forever impressed by the exquisite curves and confident strokes of names written on the inside cover. Though to be fair, to say it was simply ‘written’ doesn’t seem to do justice to the skill, pride, and artmanship.

Does anyone out there still enjoy the lulling action of writing cursive anymore? I’m not so old as all that (37) and I remember learning to carefully form the letters inside those solid and dotted lines. I remember feeling elated and so grown-uppish when I managed to do the entire alphabet so well that the teacher oohed and aahed (ok, well, maybe that’s my six year old memory creating embellishments…). And now, my writing is so horrible that sometimes I can’t even read my own notes!

Here’s an article I found on-line re: the National Geographic blurb that set me to pondering the further demise of the written word in our technological age: http://www.canadianfamily.ca/2012/06/should-students-still-be-taught-cursive-writing/

One response to “Cursive

  1. Anna

    I spent so much time practicing my penmanship, my “style,” my signature. I practiced my signature with my married name, which was to be “Anna Royal,” but then I didn’t like “R”s and went back to my own name… Kids should totally learn how to write (and read) cursive, just like they should be taught how to sew and cook and grow things.

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