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