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Cursive Letters are Doomed in Many American schools
Most adults probably can recall time in their early elementary years spent over that dull gray notebook paper with the elaborate graph of horizontal lines, practicing their letters in the cursive script over and over and over. Teaching cursive these days, however, is becoming a declining practice. Penmanship, like calligraphy before it, is being made obsolete by the ubiquity of computers and e-mail. The increasing amount of schoolwork completed on computers, even among elementary students, means less work needs to be done by hand. And with an increasing focus on preparing students of all ages for standardized tests, there is little incentive for elementary schools to train children in the art of penmanship.
I have to say, I can't remember the last time I wrote anything in cursive. I just tried to write a sentence and it looked clumsy and childish. I can't say that I have had a huge need for cursive in my life, but there is a sentimental part of me that is sad to see it depart from our elementary school curricula. But is there any real reason that teaching it should continue?
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