This post may seem a tad familiar to longtime readers but trust me when I say it's different, even if the story I tell is one I've told before.
I made good grades in elementary school. Save for 1 particu;ar class I made nearly all A's with an occasional B. And yet, only once did I make the A/B honor roll, because there was one subject that never, no matter how hard I tried, could I earn higher than a C.
That subject ... handwriting.
My cursive was, and is to this day horrendous. I tried hard. my mom made me sit and write for hours but I simply could not turn those curves into anything resembling nice handwriting. Trust me when I say doctors are envious of my shaky penmanship. One a very nice teacher gave me a B in the last 6 weeks. She even said to me, "Travis you're handwriting has not improved one bit, but I know you work hard at it and you are so smart you deserved to be on the honor roll at least once."
Thank you for that Mrs Davis!
Then there was my 3rd grade teacher. One Mrs. McCarty. She had no pity, love or undersatnding for my plight.
But one day I was being forced to wait no so patiently at the beauty shop where my mom worked. The magazine choices were dismal so I was only perusing pictures when I spotted an article. Long story short this article was about a study that concluded people with the worst handwriting often have high IQ. It stated that sometimes peoples brain works faster than their hand.
So I clipped the article and carried it off to school.
however i erred when I handed to Mrs. McCarty and said, "Look, this explains why my handwriting is not nearly as neat as yours."
Boy was she pissed. I got a D that six weeks. The only one I ever got in all my school years.
Flash forward a quarter of a century.
My oldest son writes just like I did. He struggles mightily to lay down legible sentences.
Recently, I heard many states are cutting cursive handwriting from the curriculum.
I spotted at least three facebook message crying foul over these plans, but I for one think the time has come to ax it.
Wasting precious class time to teach kids cursive in this technological age asinine. When was the last time you used cursive for anything other than your signature?
Some people will rally around tradition and bemona its departure as a shame. They will yell but cutting it from school will makes lost art. Yeah, so is churning your own butter, but I don't see you getting up at 4 AM to milk Betsy.
What say you?