Who doesn’t love receiving a handwritten note or card?
Whether it's for a birthday, or a 'thank you' for a gift or job well done, I try to send out handwritten notes and cards whenever I can. There's something about using a real pen, with real ink, and signing a card or note with a real signature. Besides, I guess I'm just an old-fashioned gal about certain things. So, why is the art of handwritten notes in danger of going out of style for good?
Recently, I read about the current debate over the possible widespread elimination of cursive handwriting classes.
Viewed as antiquated and past its prime, the fate of cursive handwriting classes is up for grabs. Although a few states have either preserved the classes as a requirement or designated them as optional, a majority of states are contemplating the removal of these classes from prospective 2014 national education curriculum guidelines.
Hooray! A job for Senior Citizens that doesn't require greeting customers at the door while wearing a bright orange vest.
Cursive Handwriting Interpreter. Hey, necessity is the mother of invention and this could conceivably become a viable job title of the future! Think about it. Years from now, someone goes up into the attic and finds a box of old letters written by family members from earlier generations? Or, someone visits a museum and glances through the protective glass at historically significant documents created by our forefathers with a quill pen and inkwell. Rent-A-Cursive-Handwriting-Interpreter-Franchise anyone?
The truth is: Block letters make my thank you notes look more like ransom notes.
Honestly, I don't feel comfortable writing personal notes in all block letters. Something seems inherently wrong and quite frankly, my personal notes appear to look more like something right out of a CSI episode. Don't get me wrong - I embrace technology just as much as the next girl. But, you certainly wouldn't send an email in all block letters either, would you?
Proponents for the abolishment of cursive handwriting classes suggest that the only practical reason to learn cursive handwriting is to create a unique signature.
Seriously? Wiping out cursive handwriting education except for the purpose of signature building? Everyone knows that an "X" is a perfectly legal signature in most cases anyway. Why bother?