Cursive handwriting is being discarded in the name of educational progress. But the fact that this unique style of writing is being put to death has led to certain ill effects on culture.
Sometimes progress leads to regression. This is the case with the disposal of cursive handwriting. Since the past two decades or so, the race is on in educational institutions to do away with cursive handwriting. This beautiful and useful style of writing has been treated like it is the plague. The reason given is that it is no longer a necessity.
In a world of computer and smart devices, cursive handwriting has become simply redundant. All the documents get typed out on a keyboard. But recent scientific evidence points out the fact that writing in cursive improves creativity and leads to the growth of brain cells. And punching out the letters on a keyboard doesn’t even help much in the enhancement of thinking skills.
Think about it. The Declaration of Independence was written in cursive. Most of the historical documents are in that sort of loopy script. Furthermore, the flowing, beautiful and stylish script has a charm of its own. It has aesthetic value in itself and needs no justification. The lack of comprehension when it comes to cursive was seen recently.
A young witness was unable to read a document in court due to its being written in cursive. The No Child Left Behind and Common Core Curriculum schemes have started this demonization of cursive handwriting. Whereas the fact is that without cursive we would be living in a poorer world.
Source: Huffington Post