Social media has a lot to say about children no longer being taught how to read or write in cursive. The complaints were about how younger generations could not understand important documents from the past. There is more to this. Let’s take a look.
I witnessed the discussion about cursive without much to say or think about it until this morning while I was researching a new subject, subliminal advertising techniques. As usual, I diligently copied from my computer to my paper tablet with my fine-point pen. These are sources of joy for me. Of course, I photographed the image and sent a copy to be saved, but handwriting the information made me engage with the data more personally. I think faster than I write, and since I’ve been doing this my entire life, by the time I’m finished transcribing, I have formulated thoughts and questions that enable further research and make it easier to reach conclusions. It feels like stroking a puppy, total pleasure.
I had sudden flashbacks of being six years old and writing in special notebooks to practice learning cursive. I recall our great joy, as children, in creating pretty letters with firm, long strokes, and curly tails. It was cause for pride to master ‘writing pretty.” Now, I wonder how learning cursive at such an early age influences the development of our young brains. The more we know, the more we reach out, the better off we are. Children need to be taught to read and write in cursive form. Arriving at this conclusion took me a while, but I cannot imagine going through life having no alternative to writing in block. I now recall learning to write in block letters in High School. Those were different times.
According to Science Daily, writing in cursive “makes children smarter.” They say that “a lot of senses are activated by pushing the pen on paper, seeing the letters you wrote and hearing the sounds you make while writing. These sense experiences create contact between different parts of the brain, and you open up the brain to learning. We both learn better and remember better, says Van de Meer. (October 1, 2022) Science Daily.
Imagine an experience that enhances our learning and memory experience. We are living in a society that has turned to anti-intellectualism. This, too, is a subject that has come up here and there. There is a silent and deadly campaign to dumb down this country and maybe even the world at large. It appears that there are no innocent decisions in our midst. Every step of the way is politically motivated. It’s fair to conclude that when school districts decide to skip the teaching of cursive to our children, they are being directed to do so by unfriendly hands. I urge you to override the system. Buy the little cursive writing notebooks for your children and teach them yourself. Do this for them, and you are helping them be more and better for it. Happy writing. It’s like petting a puppy.
Thank you for reading.