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Breaking the Silence for a Pressing Matter: Cursive

I’m not sure if I’ve written about this before, or if I’ve just yelled violently in my head about the disappearance of the art of cursive.  It IS an art, too.

I remember learning to write cursive on lined paper in first grade.  Mrs. Baker taught me to point the left bottom corner of the paper toward my belly button to get that great slant.  Throughout elementary school, I began to perfect the art.  I spent hours getting the slant down, writing the alphabet, penning pages and pages and pages away in my journal.  I wanted to be able to write.

Hundreds of Erica Brindleys were scrawled across the margins of my notebooks as I perfected my signature.  And the first time I signed a check, I felt empowered.

Currently, 45 out of 50 states have banished cursive from their curriculum.

Breaks my damn heart.  Jen Doll says it better.  And Judith Thurman says it best.  Teach your kids cursive.

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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Daily Happenings


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Cursive Handwriting – A Skill Not to Be Forgotten

So I heard that some schools aren’t teaching cursive anymore?  What the hell, schools?!

How can you not teach cursive anymore?!  I can give you PLENTY of reasons to continue to teach cursive.

Signing your name – listen people.  No one wants your name in print on a check.

Because it teaches you patience and practice.

Because it gives you the ability to write speedily.

Because if you write a letter (and God forbid put down your keyboard), they always look better in cursive.

Learn to write it so you can learn to read it.

Because it portrays elegance.

Because we all learned it.

Because it makes you learn smarter than you are.

Because it helps with motor skills (yeah, I read that somewhere) and muscle control (that, too).

Because damnit, you should just know how.  It exists for a reason.


Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Daily Happenings


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