After all the brouhaha the past couple of years about America’s public school districts banning the teaching of cursive handwriting the better to spend time teaching computer sciences, here comes a new wrinkle.
North Carolina State Representatives Pat Hurley, Harry Warren and Phil Shepard are currently pushing a bill that would now require (yes, require) that North Carolina school children be taught cursive.
The feeling, say the Representatives, is that even though it may seem today that it’s antiquated to require children to actually put pen to paper, and learn cursive handwriting, this fast-changing world depends on “conserving beauty and history.”
The three state representatives argue that there should always be a place for cursive writing in our common culture. “It’s a connection with all that’s right and great about America, including documents written in cursive such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation.”
“Our finest writers etched out their works in cursive. Cursive writing is a visceral connection with those who came before us, from our founders to our parents,” stated Representative Warren.
“Many a Baby Boomer has paused from cold emailing to open a letter and be warmed by a thoughtful, handwritten note from an aged parent or friend,” said Representative Shepard.
“You don’t have to read between the lines to know that each word, whether written in a squiggly style or a graceful one, is loaded with care and love. And to know that the hand of the writer was equally driven by heart and mind,” Shepard went on.
Many North Carolina citizens are supporting this bill, which would require that “public schools provide instruction in cursive writing so that students create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade.”
I certainly applaud these three brave North Carolina state representatives who have stepped up to the plate in the face of the overwhelming conviction by much of America’s school systems that handwriting is no longer necessary. One of the things that might convince many people to encourage the learning of handwriting is using a comfortable ergonomic pen.
Of course it’s easier to type an email if you’re used to having cramps, finger “bumps” and other maladies when gripping a pen. The UGLee Pen, however, is designed to relax your hand while you write, which can actually make you enjoy the process of writing.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal