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Importance Of Cursive Handwriting In Modern Culture

The teaching of cursive handwriting in US elementary and high schools has been on a decline for some time now. Because of the ever-increasing rise in computer technology and its integration into the classrooms, handwriting is becoming less and less of a focus altogether. Cursive has somehow slipped into the classification of unnecessities, as if it’s simply a fun thing to learn if you choose to, but you don’t need to be well acquainted with it in order to function in society. And now with the emergence of Common Core curriculum, it is no longer required to be taught; it is merely optional.

The strange thing about this new philosophy is that cursive signatures are still required in countless instances of legal paperwork. Cursive has been (and still is) so largely incorporated into our lives that the neglect of teaching it to the coming generations will result in a severe disconnect on many levels.

To fail in preserving cursive literacy would affect more than we realize. Historic letters and documents such as our very own Declaration of Independence were written in cursive; should we not keep these important aspects alive and legible in our country? Should the elegance and practicality with which our founders penned great thoughts and ideals be reduced to obsolete archaism?

Let’s take it to a more personal level; how many of us have old letters that we received from a grandparent or aunt that was written in cursive? Imagine that you would like your children and grandchildren to be able to read these precious memories in the future, but the knowledge of cursive has been lost to the point where the writings are not understood.

And since computers seem to be the biggest competition to old-fashioned handwriting, are there reasons within the world of technology that do indeed require the continuation of familiarity with cursive? Yes! In fact, more styles of cursive and script fonts are made available through computer programs now than ever before. Cursive fonts are used on business signs, book covers, logos, T-shirts, and countless other instances. Don’t we want our children to be able know how to read a style of writing that plays such a big part in every-day life?

In addition to the already-stated reasons for reestablishing the teaching of cursive in schools, there have been studies on writing that suggest cognitive benefits to using cursive. An article featured in The New York Times addressed the multiple ways that handwriting stimulates the neural functions of the brain; a process especially important in the younger years as the brain is still developing. Psychologist Virginia Berninger from the University of Washington claims that writing in cursive is associated with specific brain patterns, and if the skill is developed, it can enhance mental imagery and creative literary writing, as well as increase your over-all ability to learn.

Strangely enough, cursive has been found to aid certain individuals in the realm of reading. Some people who suffer from reading disorders such as alexia or dyslexia have found that cursive writing is much easier for their brains to process. This in itself is a sufficient reason to ensure that cursive is made available to every child.

In conclusion, we can see that some things should not be discarded with the passing of time, especially when new discoveries of their importance are still being made. As we enter the final age of the singularity, we are starting to realize how the brain works, how emotions and psychology play into life, and how to apply all this knowledge to practical life. Sharp Mill Graphics thinks cursive writing must retain its rightful place of honor!

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