When I was in elementary school some of my worst grades were for penmanship. Things went from bad to worse when we learned cursive.
I really resented having to learn cursive. What was the point of having a second method (and an awkward one at that!) of handwriting? Even at that young age I recognized the infuriating pain of inefficiency. Now that I've gained 30-plus years of distance and perspective on those frustrating times, I've come to judge cursive with a more mature view.
Cursive sucks. It's lame and it sucks and it's totally useless and sucky. It's more time consuming, more difficult and less readable than printing. Cursive must die due to its enormous suckitude.
Or so says my years of wisdom.
Daisy also struggles with her penmanship and in cursive. I have nothing but sympathy for the kid, but some contemplation on the topic brought me a glimmer of hope.
I believe that Daisy's generation will be the last generation that will be forced to prove their worth with this loopy script. Cursive is a dying art.
How much hand writing do you do in general these days? A lot less than you used to do and a ton less than your parents did at your age, I'll bet. We type, we text, we call. At this point, there's a hugely diminished need to do any sort of hand writing, let alone a style of writing whose only value is that it's more ornate than simple printing. Personally, I abhor any form of hand writing these days, choosing to outsource all check-writing and general form-filling to my wife, whose tolerance for the intolerable is unimaginably vast (see my marriage for proof).
Will schools 25 years from now be able to justify the days and days that it takes to learn and practice this arcane art? No more than our current schools could justify teaching the art of using a quill and ink well. Cursive will be treasured only by the eccentrics, dusted off by pretentious artists and creative cryptographers seeking uncrackable codes for their secret messages.
Farewell, cursive. Don't let the door of history hit you in the ass on your way out.