Remember learning to print when you were very young, and later switching to cursive writing,which also had to be learned? Many of us were raised before children had access to keyboards and we learned to use typewriters when we got to high school, unless we didn’t want to. So our entire elementary school success depended on our ability to write with pen or pencil on paper. Even in college we used composition books for tests.
Today things have really changed. Some schools believe cursive writing is obsolete and no longer worth teaching in the schools. Has Handwriting Become Extinct? explains some of the reasons that it’s still worthwhile to learn this skill. The lost art of handwriting | Life and style | theguardian.com also makes a case for keeping and making an effort to retain this skill. It seems to be especially valuable in helping us organize our thinking and in helping those who are beginning to suffer from memory loss. Seemingly writing our lists and notes by hand imprints them more firmly in our minds.
What do you think? Is handwriting obsolete or not?
If you need materials for teaching cursive writing, here’s a good place to start