Cursive handwriting just got a significant boost from the North Carolina legislature. A bill introduced in the state House last week would once again make cursive handwriting a part of the curriculum in the Tarheel state’s elementary schools.
That’s right — a law that preserves cursive writing. It has come to that.
Now, granted, it’s not the end of the world that cursive writing increasingly has been getting less attention in the nation’s public schools. Still, it’s a regrettable end to a certain kind of world.
Students who don’t learn how to write — or read — cursive are shortchanged. How ever will they make sense of historical documents?
Or read a handwritten letter from an elderly relative? Or a love letter? An author’s flourishes and individual style in handwritten letters are very much a part of the message’s charm, even if it’s a hurried scrawl.
Supporters of eliminating cursive instruction insist that printing takes no more time to complete than cursive, and that it is more legible. Some also believe printing is superior for children because the letters they write look more like letters in books they read.
That seems to be a flimsy argument. Rather, learning cursive forces a child to refine hand-eye coordination and teaches self-discipline in the process. As a child’s handwriting evolves, creativity seeps in and an individual handwriting style is born. It’s often as unique as a thumbprint.
Incidentally, breathe a sigh of relief. Lake Havasu City schools still teach cursive handwriting, so in this part of Arizona, the students will know that writing their name in cursive constitutes a signature — and will be much less likely to be forged than the printed version.
— Today’s News-Herald