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Afternoon Delight: The Death of Cursive


by Stephen Becker 7 Jul 2011

So public schools in Indiana are no longer requiring kids to learn how to write in cursive. As someone who consistently had his report card sullied with bad marks in handwriting, I say good riddance.

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Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re just back from lunch, but not quite ready to get back to work. Check back tomorrow at 1 p.m. for another one.

So public schools in Indiana are no longer requiring kids to learn how to write in cursive. As someone who consistently had his report card sullied with bad marks in handwriting, I say good riddance. But other opinions may be out there, so discuss.

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  • Kate Gladstone

    Handwriting matters … But does cursive matter?

    Research shows: the fastest and most legible handwriters avoid cursive. They join only some letters, not all of them: making the easiest joins, skipping the rest, and using print-like shapes for those letters whose cursive and printed shapes disagree. (Citation on request.)

    Reading cursive still matters — this takes just 30 to 60 minutes to learn, and can be taught to a five- or six-year-old if the child knows how to read. The value of reading cursive is therefore no justification for writing it.

    Remember, too: whatever your elementary school teacher may have been told by her elementary school teacher, cursive signatures have no special legal validity over signatures written in any other way. (Don’t take my word for this: talk to any attorney.)

    Kate Gladstone — CEO, Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works
    Director, the World Handwriting Contest
    Co-Designer, BETTER LETTERS handwriting trainer app for iPhone/iPad
    http://www.HandwritingThatWorks.com