Last Thursday, I read an article that said Indiana schools are no longer requiring their students to learn cursive. Is that a tragedy or a relief?
I learned cursive in the third grade. I did not use it in the fourth grade, but for some reason, in fifth grade, we were supposed to use it again. Needless to say, I had forgotten how to form most of those squiggly letters in the year I hadn’t used it.
Today, I occasionally write in cursive, when I write poetry on paper and of course, when I sign my name. If I really try hard, my cursive ends up looking somewhat decent, but it’s nowhere near as beautiful as the cursive my grandma or any of my relatives born before 1960 uses.
Will every school system in the United States follow suit and abolish cursive like Indiana has? In a way, I hope not. Cursive definitely has its uses. It’s a faster form of writing that, given practice, is aesthetically pleasing and easy to read, even though it may be as archaic as the typewriter.
I’m still divided on whether or not cursive should be taught. Keyboarding may be a more valuable skill to have these days, but cursive is something that demands practice, discipline, and a kind of perfection. It’s an art, almost like music. But if cursive is still taught, it should be taught consistently – not abandoned after third grade.
What do you think? 🙂