My gosh, I started reading this article and immediately grabbed a piece of paper and pen, and carefully wrote out my full name in cursive letters (still got it!).
Oh, third grade. I was really bad at cursive at first, I remember practicing at home. Some of those letters are weird! But eventually you sort of adopt your own cursive, which you use to sign your name.
Do you sign your name on checks still, or can you use automatic debits for most transactions? Despite the yesteryear longing of the author of this editorial, cursive is less relevant.
I also remember meeting some class volunteers in grade school who told us about this language called short hand. I’m still jealous that I don’t know it. As a journalist, sure, I can record interviews, but I really wish I could take notes faster.
I’ve read that handwriting uses a different part of your brain than tying, because you’re making shapes, and this does something for your creativity. I think it’s crucial. Perhaps cursive will fall by the wayside, but hand-drawn letters must stay – although I am sure the iPad will find a way to uphold this.