In Cary, penmanship matters
As state legislators debate whether schools should teach cursive writing, local educators are exploring new ways to teach the ancient art of penmanship.
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#1 Mar 7, 2013
Is cursive an end in itself, apart from handwriting?
Research shows: the fastest, most legible writers join some letters, not all — making the easiest joins, skipping the rest, using print-like shapes for letters whose cursive and printed shapes disagree.
and jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/27542188.pdf )
Reading cursive still matters — it takes just 30-60 minutes to learn, and can be taught to 5- or 6-year-olds. Needing to read cursive is therefore no mandate for writing it.
Further: cursive signatures have no special validity over other signatures.(Don't take my word: ask any attorney.)
Of course, some claim that cursive has magic powers not shared by any other handwriting. They seldom cite research that they claim exists: when they do, it turns out to be misquoted or misrepresented.
Read the actual studies: the mental benefits ascribed to cursive are in _all_ styles of handwriting. They are not limited to cursive.(I leave it to misquoters and their disciples to ponder why the misquoting is done — and why it is uncritically accepted. There is neither law, not fact, to support the idolatry of cursive.)
Yours for better letters,
Kate Gladstone -
Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works
and World Handwriting Contest
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