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The Curse of Cursive

 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:07 pm    Post subject: The Curse of Cursive Reply with quote

The Curse of Cursive


Penmanship, like hieroglyphics and the IBM Selectric, has lost its purpose. Let's erase it for good.

In all my years of school, there was only one time I cried in class. It was the first week of first grade—Mrs. Scougie's room—and we were learning cursive. Q. I hated the letter. But it wasn't that I couldn't get the strokes right. It was the way I held my pencil: with four fingers around the base, not three—an apparent crime against writing protocol. And though I still write that way, thank you very much, I haven't used script since elementary school. I type, I Twitter, I Facebook and IM. I e-mail co-workers who sit feet from my desk, and text rather than call. The only time I pen a handwritten letter is when I write to my grandmother. So when I hear people say that penmanship is dead, my response: it's about time.  (Source: Jessica Bennett, NEWSWEEK)


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