Yes, I feel we should absolutely teach our young students to be able to do cursive writing. It certainly wouldn't take that much time out of a day to at least show them how to hold a pen or pencil correctly! I can't believe it when I see the way they grip the pencil in such a clumsy way -- no wonder they can't write.
I remember being in the Roslyn grade school and having Mr. Strom, our beloved principal, come into the room and begin writing on the blackboard. His handwriting was a work of art and I challenged myself to write as well. It is much more satisfying to me to see what I have written when signing my name or filling out a paper than to be ashamed of such a simple thing. It certainly is a much more personal thing than hitting a few keys -- where is the satisfaction in that?
-- JANE SAMPLES, Walla Walla
If cursive writing is not taught in schools, how will people "sign" their names on checks, charge accounts, voting ballots and other places where a signature is required? This sounds like a huge step backwards in educating our young people. If everything is offered online, what will happen to libraries? We are dumbing down the people who will "rule" us in the future. Think about it!
-- NANCY JEWELL, Richland
Make it optional
I spent an entire year learning to correctly write cursive in third grade. Since then, the only time I have used this style of writing is on the SAT. I am not alone in this. I hardly know of anyone who utilizes this style of writing. It would be a fantastic idea to offer an optional cursive writing class in middle and/or high school. It is, however, a waste of time to make it a requirement. Most children do not use cursive any longer than is necessary and thus the time spent learning it becomes wasted. Cursive writing should be taken out of the teaching curriculum for elementary school.
-- MARTHA LEAM, Richland
Cursive writing is a talent of which one should be proud. It is great for your self-esteem, pride, and belief in one's self. My wife, Mildred, had beautiful handwriting. It was a pleasure to watch her write a handwritten thank you note. She was an excellent typist but knew when a note should be typed or personally handwritten.
One of our neighbors is a young woman from Venezuela. One day I commented about her beautiful handwriting. She said they were taught cursive writing in Venezuelan public schools.
There was an article in The Weekend Wall Street Journal, (Nov. 23), "Cursive Joins the Ranks of Latin and Sanskrit" by junior Emily Freeman, at Calvary Baptist Day School in Winston-Salem, N.C. She commented that when they were taking the PSAT test, the students had to cursively handwrite a one-sentence honor statement that they would not reveal the contents of the test. From the reaction of the other students this was the most difficult task in the test. She went on to say that the up-and-coming generation had no idea how to write or read cursively.
It is a sad that the writing portion of reading, writing and arithmetic in our education system is being lost. It is just one more instance of how the United States education is falling behind the rest of the world.
-- BILL CRAWFORD, Richland
A thing of art
Yes, cursive writing should be taught. In itself, it is an art and since art isn't available in many schools, cursive is a wonderful outlet for creativity.
It is so individual that no two people write cursive the same. Living in the modern world, our children keyboard at such an early age that they have motor skills beyond what we did at that age.
There is nothing more personal than a note on a birthday or thank you card that is handwritten.
-- PAM HAMBLIN, Kennewick