The next great cataclysmic education reform debate is about to erupt with the power of several hundred burning suns. Or maybe not. Perhaps the next great education reform debate will fizzle out like a damp firecracker in a rainstorm.
Cursive handwriting: in the standards or not?
Mrs. Worthy, Mrs. Singer, and Mr. Winters all managed to sculpt my cursive handwriting into something fluid, useful, malleable, and neat. Some people even think my cursive handwriting is—dare I say it—beautiful. And while I am not a stickler for precise cursive (I believe that one’s handwriting should reflect the writer’s personality), I do believe that learning it is important.
Others? Not so much. In this era of touch-screen tablets, smartphones, laptops, interactive whiteboards, texting, status updates, common core standards, and limited arts funding, they ask, “Who cares what a person’s handwriting looks like? As long as you can read it.” Before long, a person won’t even have to sign a receipt at a store (the last bastion of the signature) because you’ll simply hold your smartphone up to the register and codes will be exchanged as fast as money zips from your checking account to Aeropostale’s bottom line.
So I put it to you. Cursive handwriting: should it stay or should it go?