October 11, 2006

Well, I Still Intend to Teach It

Since everyone uses a keyboard these days, there is less and less emphasis put on learning to read and write cursive.

It's hard for me to imagine a world without cursive. In school I used it to take notes, answer essay questions and all those sorts of things. When my husband and I were dating long distance for a couple of years, I wrote more long hand letters than e-mails. It was pleasant to sit down and actually put my thoughts on paper. Now, I can't say I write on paper all that much, but I still make out grocery lists, write thank you notes and other things of that sort. I much prefer my cursive to my printing and it flows a lot faster.

The Boy is actually already asking to learn cursive and he can generally read it quite well. I've been thinking about starting him on it in the spring. It's hard to believe some consider it a dying art.


Yes, it's a crime. I will teach my children if they don't get it in school.

Posted by: dcrmom at October 11, 2006 12:52 PM

We, too, will be teaching cursive. Alex has already invented his own version of it (which school teachers just don't appreciate) so, like you, I think we'll be starting on that sooner than later.

Posted by: jennifer at October 11, 2006 12:57 PM

I also think that boys write in print more often than girls.

My 7th grade son still asks me what certain letters look like in cursive.

I can't imagine writing an essay in block lettering! It would take 10 times longer!

I remember practicing my handwriting and trying to have the cutest writing among my friends.

I guess these days you compare Myspace?

Posted by: mary at October 11, 2006 02:06 PM

I kind of wonder how people will learn to sign their names. I grant you checks are a thing of the past for a lot of people (I think I've written a total of five in this calendar year), but loan applications, etc., all take cursive signatures.

Unless we're going back to the "X" signature for everyone.

Posted by: skinnydan at October 12, 2006 06:54 AM

Sign your name - how 20th century! You'll have a secret barcode and an implanted RF chip for verification.

My 8 y.o. is learning cursive this year, and it seems to be helping his penmanship. It still needs much help though.

Posted by: MarcV at October 12, 2006 10:06 AM