July 8, 2011

No more cursive in Indiana


Slate reports that:

This fall, Indiana will become the latest state to drop a requirement to teach cursive as part of the public school curriculum.

State officials alerted school leaders to the change earlier this year, letting them know that students will instead be expected to become proficient in keyboard use.

Some commenters on the article were upset (“I hate to think that in 20 years there will be young people who cannot read [The Constitution and Declaration of Independence] because they were never taught cursive.”) others were overjoyed (“Why hang onto this antiquated and virtually useless topic?”). Do you have strong feelings about cursive? Glad to see it go? Sad to see it go? Don’t know what it is?

One person with strong feeling on the topic is Kitty Burns Florey whose love and fascination for handwriting led her to write  Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting. The Wall Street Journal wrote that the book is”…a witty and readable (and fetchingly illustrated and glossed) excursion through the history of handwriting.” Commenting on the book, The Boston Globe writes:

Florey’s argument is nostalgic yet pragmatic. “It seems wrong,” she says, “when something beautiful, useful, and historically important vanishes.” Charmingly composed and handsomely presented, Script and Scribble just might provoke a handwriting revival.