Starting the Conversation What do you think of the “Cursive Controversy?”

By: Marianne Reid Anderson

Is handwriting a thing of the past?

There are only so many hours in a day and so many schools have stopped teaching cursive, also known as handwriting or penmanship. They are teaching “keyboarding” instead. Since computers have become an integral part of the learning environment, I understand the need to be proficient at typing and using the keyboard.

However, I can also see the importance of learning to read and write cursive. Personally, I write extensively in cursive and perhaps it’s rather selfish, but, I want the younger generation to be able to read my handwriting, my journals, little notes and so forth. Even more importantly, I want them to be able to read historical documents in their original form, such as the Declaration of Independence. Although most importantly, I want them to be able to sign their own name.

Therefore, I took it upon myself to homeschool my nephews in cursive during their summer break. As with any chore, they weren’t too crazy about the idea. But now that they have the skill, they are rather proud of it. Their ability to read and write cursive may even become a marketable skill; perhaps one day, they will become “handwriting translators” and bridge the past with the future.

But, as always, what do you think? What do you think of abandoning cursive and what do you think of homeschooling in general or homeschooling for specific skills and classes? Let’s continue the conversation on my blog at http://northernconnectionmagazine.blogspot.com or email me at NorthCon@consolidated.net.