The Death of Cursive Writing

4 Nov

My Take

DiVoran Lites

 Author, Poet and ArtistReading that cursive writing is going the way of hieroglyphics when cursive is such a big part of my life makes me sad. I have about a hundred journals I thought someone might someday treasure and now I know they will not be decipherable when that day comes because in most schools, cursive is becoming less important every year. I’m so glad I got to learn it, though, it was a great developmental tool in so many ways.

At least what I actually publish will be accessible to those as yet unborn descendents. And there’s always this: my journals are daily doses of good mental and spiritual health for me. That’s what counts.

This quotation was in Awe-Manac for today:

“While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow any part of us to die—whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.” Gilda Radnor, Born 1946-1989

How do you feel about cursive writing, will you miss it, is it still important?

9 Responses to “The Death of Cursive Writing”

  1. dalesittonrogers November 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. Are some assuming everything will be done electronically one day soon? We don’t even have a guarantee that there will be enough energy to run our electronics in the future. And it’s difficult to believe no one will write by hand. It’s so much faster to do so in cursive that in print, and I know my printing isn’t as legible as my cursive writing.

    I’d heard this was coming, but I didn’t believe it, since it’s just so silly. I’m glad there are people, such as yourself, who still appreciate it. It’s hard to believe the ones who want to rid our society of cursive writing learned it themselves. They are very short-sighted.


    • DiVoran Lites November 5, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Thanks for your wonderful validaton! I was just reading in the Saturday Evening Post that societies to preserve cursive writing are springing up, so perhaps all is not lost.


  2. itsrebekahlyn November 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    In elementary school the only grade that wasn’t an A was cursive. Now, my penmanship is much better and I appreciate the teachers who pushed me to keep at it.


    • DiVoran Lites November 5, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks for your comment. It helps to know that others care, too, especially younger people. Perhaps we shall yet save this valuable tool for future generations.


  3. oldthingsrnew November 4, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    My handwriting is terrible but I enjoy reading a notes written in beautiful cursive. My mothers sisters all wrote the same style of cursive so it is hard to tell their handwrting apart. Another aspect of losing the art of cursive is many of our founding documents are writtn in cursive.


    • DiVoran Lites November 5, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      I liked the idea that your aunt’s writing was so similiar. That was true of my Mother’s and mine, so that was at least two generations of Palmer Penmanship. It thrills me to get a handwritten note from my friend with whom I went to grammar school, too beause her handwriting is the same style as mine and my mother’s.


  4. November 4, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    ‘though I appreciate receiving an electronically delivered mail, there is still something heartwarming about seeing a tender message written by hand. ‘so much more personal..


    • DiVoran Lites November 5, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      What you said reminds me of Alexandra Stoddard’s book, “The Gift of a Letter.” It is a gift indeed. Thank you for commenting.



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