Most students hate cursive writing. Asked in a Junior Scholastic magazine, most students agreed with this student: "NO! OMG, 4get cursive, It's dead." But then, there is the example of a teacher in a North Carolina class whose students could not read her comments on a smart board and complained "Why are you doing this to us?"
California and Georgia are adding cursive classes to their core standards as are many charter schools. So, important or not?
Brain development is helped more by cursive writing, connecting shapes rather than repetitive movements on the keyboard. It's harder for boys, generally, because of less small muscle control in their hands. They are glad to see the end of cursive writing.
How many countries still teach cursive writing? And what about picture languages? Does this mean the end of love letters, real letters, real letters from grandparents, friends. Cyberspace does not count. And our personal signatures? Apparently, those are on the demise list as signatures on contracts can be added electronically now. Your name is your identity and your signature is part of that. I think we will lose something if writing our names is done only by letters not created by you.
Does this mean the end of hand-written love letters, letters to friends, letters of sympathy, congratulations, thank-you notes, letters to savor and save?
And very sadly our children will not be able to read the words of our country's founding documents, our Declaration of Independence -- "When in the course of human events . . . ." and other important papers.
And all you writers, old and new? How do you write your rough drafts in the first stages? All on the computer or? I like to write my rough drafts out in long hand, then transfer to the computer. It helps me think to write in long hand first.