Are we nearing the death of cursive handwriting?
Schools are devoting far less time to teaching cursive writing. That’s because today’s kids prefer printing words – like they’re used to seeing on computers. In fact, a recent study found that by high school, only 15-percent of students who took the SAT last year wrote the essay portion in cursive.
So what? Well, Jimmy Bryant thinks it’s a problem. He’s an archives expert at the University of Central Arkansas. He says one potential danger of abandoning cursive is that future generations will lose touch with history. For example, he says many of today’s kids would have trouble reading historical documents that were written in cursive, like The Constitution.
Believe it or not, another problem with not learning cursive is that it makes us less secure. That’s the word from expert graphologist Heidi Harrelson.
She says a growing number of people are signing legal documents these days – including credit card receipts – with printed signatures. But she says those are much easier for identity thieves to forge, compared to squiggly, cursive signatures.
Also know this: Studies have shown that cursive handwriting engages areas of the brain involved with motor skills, and the dexterity required to write in cursive may help some students learn faster than those who print!
That’s why many educators say they’d be sad to see cursive handwriting go. But what do you think? Do you still write in cursive?