I love cursive and am glad that I got to learn it in school! But, I have to admit, most of the time, my writing is a combination of printing and cursive, unless I make a conscious effort to stick to one or the other. According to Sarah Matson, an Occupational Therepist, who does Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)workshops, most people combine the two. I attended one of their workshops last week. The program starts with printing and continues into cursive. I used the printing component all of this year and find it works like magic.
Jan Olson, the creator of the HWT program believes that it’s important for children to learn cursive. Today, however schools really do not place a lot of emphasis on it, ours included. I agree with Ms. Olson, it’s a good skill to have. Thus, I will try to pass it on to our 4-6 students next school year. One of the arguments HWT uses is a valid one: ‘All tests are still handwritten.’ Cursive is supposedly more efficient, as it helps people get more down on paper in less time. I heard of a guy who claims he wouldn’t have passed the bar exam without cursive.
We can probably all agree that computers have caused the cursive demise. However, there are still plenty of ways that people use curves and loops to communicate, including these:
ü Sending greeting cards – the paper type you pick up at the store
ü Shopping lists - at least I don’t think people run to the computer for those yet
ü Letter writing – remember, Dear Grandma…..
ü Notes – 'Will be out late – leftovers in fridge. Enjoy!'
I always think cursive reveals a bit about someone’s personality. Apparently others feel the same: Handwriting analysis, aka graphology is used by professionals in various ways. Learn more here.