This made its way to my FB timeline, courtesy of Grammarly, and for some reason I’ve been thinking about this for most of the day. When I first read it, I instantly said “Yes!” I mean, of course it’s still important.
And then my brain whispered “Why?”
And so did some of the comments. I’d post screen shots but I don’t have any editing capabilities to blur some of the names. One commenter said “Yes,” the asked “when did it become an option?” One person answered that it’s obsolete because of technology. Another commented that certain education laws passed in her state that restricted teachers to teach only what’s on standardized testing and that does not include cursive.
So, it really got me thinking, why? Why do I think learning cursive is important?
Yes. A cursive signature is still required for most legal documents. Yes. It’s part of our culture and our history so it should be taught. Yes. Yes. Yes. But are those good enough reasons to continue to teach it regularly in schools? I’m not so sure.
Another commenter posted a link to this article which talks about how writing things down helps our memory more than typing.
I didn’t copy the link, but some commenters said that cursive writing helps link the right and left brain.
They all are important reasons for someone to learn cursive, but, sadly, I don’t know if they’re compelling enough. It’s just one of those things that will fade into the backgrounds of history only to resurface generations later to a generation that wishes it was still a regular practice.
You still haven’t answered the question … why do you feel it’s important?”
I think it’s important because I don’t want to feel so dependent on technology. I don’t want to put all my eggs into one basket, so to speak. Knowing how to read and write cursive puts me in a category that is becoming obsolete everyday, but that gives me an advantage over those who choose not to learn.
Knowledge is power. What seems useless today may be twice as much important tomorrow. Why limit ourselves simply because that technology is obsolete? Some would argue that we don’t use or have a need for cassette tapes, is it still important to know how to use a tape deck? I don’t know if that can apply to writing. We spent centuries writing cursive and there’s a possibility the history that’s written in cursive will be lost should we stop learning cursive all together.
Call me a dinosaur. Call eccentric. Call me weird. But I still think cursive has value. And because it still has value I don’t think we should dismiss it so easily.