After reading this article, I started to think a little more about the subject. Is cursive dying? As you can see in the image from my first post, I chose to write in cursive simply because it looks more personal to me. Now that I think about it, I don’t even think my teen writes in cursive unless she’s at the bank providing her signature and it’s only since they require the withdrawal to be signed and not printed. Nowadays though, after seeing hundreds of signatures from Generation Y, I think a fair amount of them simply write their name in a more fancy manner and far from that pretty script that you would see your teachers or mothers have (in my day of course).
I write in cursive quite frequently and perhaps it may be because I happen to enjoy writing in general and I kind of fancy my writing. In addition, I feel that the feelings and emotions that transfer from pen to paper are more personal than from keyboard to word processor. I digress. Let’s reel it back to cursive rather than discuss the lost art of mailed letters and cards as that’s a whole ‘nother post in itself.
To combat this “dying” art, my teen has a correspondence box that she’s had for many years. Every few months I require her to actually write a few note cards to family or friends and yes, she must write in cursive. Cursive is not dead yet and I’m sure there are those out there who value it’s significance and beauty just as much as I do.
As for the article, cursive lives. (not) the end.
As an educator, I KNOW we don’t spend as much time as we should teaching cursive in the classroom. Too much pressure is put on us, teachers and students, to pass standardized tests. I’m new to teaching, but I realized this year that most students can not write in cursive. During the month of May my 7th graders worked on Mother’s Day letters. While most wanted to type, I insisted that they be written in cursive in order to provide the personal touch you spoke of. Since I didn’t have time to teach them how to write in cursive, I compromised and let them print.
You have inspired me, so this year, I’ll make it a point to make time to teach them cursive every chance I get. I’ll accomplish this by borrowing your idea and having them write letters on weekly/ monthly basis.
Wish me luck!
My apologies for the grammatical errors. I wrote this on my phone. It’s difficult catch the simple mistakes.
Thanks for your message and if my blog inspires someone as influential as a teacher then it has accomplished a purpose. Thank YOU for all that you do as an educator.. Good luck!