In my early days of elementary school back in the late 1990’s to early 2000, I remember when my teacher would bring out paper to the class and would have us practice writing cursive. Sure, it was a pain in the butt, but over time I highly enjoyed writing in cursive so I could write letters to my family and friends and sign off important documents. Also, I could be able to express myself when I sign my signature. Now…in the year 2015, cursive handwriting isn’t being used as much as a curriculum.
A while back, I would say about five to six years ago, I heard about it when I was in high school. Time and time again, it would be brought up and it bothered me to hear and visualize our future generation not learning cursive. But, of course, I put it in the back of my mind and brushed it off. Just about a couple of weeks ago, there was a Facebook post that caught my attention. It read, “Kids who can’t read cursive handwriting, can’t read historic documents. Support cursive in the curriculum.”
Last week, I took the time and read about the issue. The article and the statistics shocked me. No, shocked is not even the word. I was HORRIFIED. Horrified that the talk about cursive not being taught in school was true and it’s now being considered “a gift” to those who have leaned it. According to the article from NBCNews.com, updated by the Associated Press on September 19, 2009, stated:
“Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that 26 percent of 12th graders lack basic proficiency in writing, while two percent were sufficiently skilled writers to be classified as “advanced.” ”
We live in the Digital Era where we are able to type our messages through email, text, and even our handy dandy Microsoft Word. If the education system could see the negative aspects of not teaching the future generation how to write in cursive, our historical documents like the Declaration of Independence just might have to get typed up too. Just let all that sink in.
Feel free to read the article about the fading curriculum: