With social media, we get to be mad about a lot of stuff and do it in a place where everyone sees it. One thing I’ve seen a ton of lately is adults getting pissed that kids no longer learn cursive in school, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why. Yes, cursive was a big part of our childhoods, but that doesn’t mean it has any place in the childhoods of our offspring.
Probably my favorite argument in favor of teaching our kids cursive is that without it, they won’t be able to read historical documents. Let me ask you this, when have you EVER had to read a historical document? I have a degree in history, and I’ve never actually had to read an original copy of any historical document. What on earth makes you think your kids will need to? Sure, your little nuggets should be able to educate themselves with important historical documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but guess what? There’s an app for that.
The truth is that our obsession with cursive is purely nostalgic; it has no place in modern education. Instead of taking the time teach our kids cursive, schools should be concentrating on technology, because that is really what will affect the success of our kids in the future.
Doing clean, readable cursive when you’re in the third grade is a royal pain in the ass. However, there are a myriad of games out there that help kids learn computer language and how to code in a way that is actually enjoyable. It makes much more sense to encourage our educators to keep our children up to date on where the world of technology is headed early in their education than it does for them to focus on elegant handwriting.
Another fabulous argument is that kids will never be able to sign their own signatures. Again, who really gives a shit? Think for a second how many times a day you are required to sign your name on things. Think about how many times you’ve digitally signed documents because it is easier to do. Think now about how legible people’s signatures usually are. Most people scribble or do something similar, so I think our kids will be able to replicate that well enough without handwriting lessons.
The best part about cursive is that everyone has their own version of it when they become adults. Some cursive is big and bubbly while some is incredibly slanted and almost impossible to read. There’s really no logical reason that the kids of today need it. I don’t blame anyone for feeling nostalgic about it, but cursive is a thing of the past. Our kids would be better served with typing lessons, with coding lessons, with lessons specifically aimed at learning about technology and the language and techniques that go along with it, because that’s what will serve them in the future.
Tell me again why kids need to learn cursive?