I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and she was sharing with me how they are no longer teaching cursive writing in schools. I don’t have children yet so I wasn’t aware of this but it shocked me. I decided to do a little research and came across this article. Of course my immediate thought was how are they going to sign any papers in life such as mortgage papers, wills, contracts, etc. I mean I think back to the Declaration of Independence and how John Handcock’s was the first signature and now when we want someone to sign something we often hear the phrase, “put your John Handcock here.” I mean could you imagine looking at our Declaration and not seeing all those beautiful signatures?
I am all for technology I mean one of my businesses runs on it but it is sad to see that handwriting is now becoming an art rather than a standard practice in daily living. To me a signature is like your finger print. I mean you identify yourself so much by your signature or your handwriting. There are even handwriting analyst out there.
There are some great articles on the benefits of the act of handwriting. This one by Psychology Today is great as well as this one from Mental Floss. One of the biggest benefits that struck me was it keeps your brain sharper when you get older. Here’s an excerpt from the Mental Floss article:
“According to The Wall Street Journal, some physicians claim that the act of writing — which engages your motor-skills, memory, and more — is good cognitive exercise for baby boomers who want to keep their minds sharp as they age.”
I shared the question, “What are your thoughts about taking out cursive writing in schools?” on Facebook and below are some responses I received.
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