The current lack of creativity in public schools is evident in many ways. The fact that cursive writing is no longer being taught in many schools is perhaps a side affect of this lack. The deletion of such things is a sad commentary on our society in general, and reflects the continual dwindling of personal sentiment, classical style, and valued tradition therein.
Sadly, handwriting seems irrelevant now days. They don’t even teach cursive in most schools anymore. I had to teach my youngest daughter myself. Hopefully, she is thankful for this, but many seem to no longer care.
A friend who was a school teacher said his kids were amazed one day when he wrote on the board in cursive. At first they thought it was another language. They thought it was absolutely beautiful, and begged him to teach them when he explained what it was.
Is this how we want our children to react to things that were simply a “given” when we were growing up? How are these people signing their names on important documents? Are we becoming such an impersonal society that these things no longer matter?
The technological breakthroughs of the past 5 or 10 years, much less those of the past 100, have been nothing short of phenomenal. However, they also seem to turn us more and more into a society out of touch with anything of a more personal nature. Less and less we seem to give things the personal, individual touch we once did.
To me, hand writing is a very personal thing. It is a symbol of the unique personality that is “me”, the individual. My signature is my bond, on documents, on letters, on anything physical and official. Another thing I believe we will see an increase of as less and less people use cursive writing in their personal signature is identity theft. The less unique ones signature is, it is obviously going to be easier to copy, and this does not even take digital signatures, which could potentially be “hacked” in some manner into account.
The more we grow technologically, the less we seem to grow individually. Will we soon be a race of mindless drones, no longer capable of working with our own two hands in the more physical sense? Will we cease to profit through the “fruits of our own labors”. Sadly, this could be a potential future if we don’t take a bit more stock in our past. The loss of cursive writing is then merely one example of a very disturbing trend.
Sources : http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/long-held-tradition-cursive-handwriting-slowly-dying-america/, and parental observation.