Cursive is crumbling

November 12, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

It’s long overdue, but cursive writing is losing its grip, so to speak.

Hawaii is joining several states across the country that are dropping cursive writing from mandatory school curriculum . . . The Aloha state has adopted for this school year the national Common Core State Standards, a set of education standards that omits cursive but includes keyboard proficiency.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Dan Klarmann says:

    As I’ve mentioned before, cursive writing was developed to mediate a writing problem that was solved in the steam age. Once steel pens were invented, there was no more need for cursive.

    But I would favor teaching calligraphy in high school, to preserve the tradition of signature identification, and maybe educating folks on the nature of legibility and the evolution of written symbols.

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