Melody Cabarroguis Staff Writer
I was ecstatic when I found out about the growing policy on cursive writing in approximately 24 states in the country. Schools are beginning to implement the cursive writing style in their classrooms, teaching children as early as the elementary level.
I was always interested in writing with this style. For me, it is an art of expression and identity; handwriting can show one’s own uniqueness. Since I was a child, I would always practice cursive writing, expressing ideas or copying quotes from books until my hand would get tired. Whenever I write in cursive, the sentences that I create seem more raw and rich with emotion and meaning; they become a part of me.
Nowadays, not many people know how to write in cursive. I only knew two teachers who could write in cursive in high school. Today, we have a growing number of people who cannot write in cursive or even read cursive. This is worrying since this kind of style is still essential to everyday life like understanding signatures and reading doctors’ prescriptions. One time, my sister had to rewrite her assignment because her teacher could not understand cursive. I once had a class where the students told the teacher that they couldn’t understand the comments that she made on their papers because of the way they were written.
In response, lawmakers in many states—particularly in the South—are carving out space in teachers’ classroom time to keep cursive writing alive for the next generation. I support this policy—technology is turning good, legible handwriting into a lost art form.
Some people would argue that cursive writing is out of touch with the technological advancements that we have now, and it can make our work slower. I agree that technology is helpful when it comes to working quickly and efficiently. However, this does not mean that we should simply disregard cursive writing; it was used by our ancestors in creating stories and keeping journals. Our founding fathers used the cursive style in writing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Many historical documents were also written this way. I hope that the writing style that was widely used in the past won’t be forgotten. It is okay to have a balance; we can use technological writing for convenience, and we can use cursive for expression and patience. No matter which writing style one prefers, I think it is important to know how to use both.