I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
August 22, 2011
With a week of school under her belt, Punky is settling into second grade just fine. In fact, this might be the easiest adjustment to a new school year that she’ll ever have. Her first grade teacher (whom we loved) moved up to the second grade and most of her class came with her. As a result, second grade feels a lot like the first … same room, same teacher, same friends.
But there’s one major difference.
This year, Punky will be learning cursive.
And as much as I love Punky’s teacher and her school and her curriculum, I can’t say I’m thrilled at the prospect of my daughter spending much of her school year learning to write in a style that is quickly becoming archaic. I realize it’s what we all did at around the same age, but let’s be honest:
These days cursive has about as much relevance as calligraphy.
I’m not suggesting an outright ban on teaching it in schools. But I think greater emphasis should be placed on learning to read cursive than write it when our kids are young. Perfecting the writing style could wait until fifth or sixth grade. They’d pick it up so much more easily at that age, when the quality of one’s handwriting, as I remember, is more important than it ever has been before or will be again. Oh, the signatures I worked so hard to perfect at the age of eleven. Oh, the fat little hearts that dotted every single one of my ‘i’s…
My solution isn’t perfect, but neither is spending hours at the tender age of seven learning a style of handwriting that will likely rarely be used. I can’t remember the last time I wrote in cursive- I probably only use it once or twice a year.
Twenty years from now, I predict that cursive will have become obsolete- a quaint peculiarity used only by the very old. It’s sad, yes. But time passes. Things change.
And it’s time for our schools to change, too.
How do you feel about our kids learning cursive?
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