A Case for Cursive


Canada and the U.S. have decided to take cursive writing out of the public school curriculum. Apparently, since it isn’t on any tests that make the school boards look good, it’s just not worth teaching. W….T….F? people! W.T.Fricken’.F?!

Some of the “reasons” given are borderline preposterous, like:

-kids use computer’s, phones, and tablets (so?)

-they can use an e-signature (um…you still need to upload your real signature! Also, e-signature on your lease? On your bank card? I think not!)

-I saw a comment that actually said “we should be focusing on teaching kids how to spell, instead of wasting their time on cursive.” (Last time I checked, most of us had a decent grasp on spelling!)

-it’s not measurable on standardized tests (that make the school board look good) (so it’s not worth teaching? Should we teach only art history, but never let them hold a paint brush?)

I, personally, feel that cursive is an important lesson, for the following reasons:

-fne motor skills


-it is an art form in itself

-old letters, recipes, books, (imagine going to a museum and seeing Vincent’s letters to his brother Theo Van Gogh, and not being able to read them? The thought makes me cringe!)

-personal signature

-a gateway to learning other forms of script

-a lesson in patience and dedication

-old timey props

-it’s beautiful

I’m sure there are more reasons, but the main one is, it’s worth it! The “real” world (that boring people are always droning on about) isn’t cut and dry. It isn’t black and white. It’s not run by Scantron! There is a lot more to this planet than #2 pencils! If our school system’s only goal is to be at the top of some boring list of (questionable) standardized tests than why are we still giving them so much power? Ask yourselves where this ends? What do they cut next, and why are we letting them?

IMG_0862One day those scribbles will transform into blocks, and then into curls, and then into her own personal style of writing.