One day this week I was chatting with a dear friend of mine and we were talking about letter-writing and also handwriting in general. She was lamenting about the fact that in our society today cursive handwriting is not taught in schools anymore. Upon further research I have found that “Common Core” education standards, the standards that all schools are suppose to teach to (so that kids can pass tests…my sarcasm) is actually completely doing away with cursive curriculum. This is the standard government recommended curriculum. This somewhat humorous article tells you more about it and comes up with a great replacement idea…spelling (“Instead, schools should add additional spelling lessons to the curriculum… … because of Microsoft Spell Check, NOBODY knows how to spell without a computer anymore.”). They obviously have no qualms in the dismissal of cursive handwriting.
As we were talking about this she was telling me that one of her first “real” jobs as a young gal was to go to the county Courthouse and look up certain kinds of papers that were decades old to decipher names that were seen on photo-copies. When these papers were documented everyone wrote cursive and sometimes it was hard to read. She had an eye to decipher this writing. She goes on to tell me that she thought that so much of this writing was really a work of art. Handwriting back in the day was exquisite, absolutely beautiful. Everyone cared about their handwriting. She adored it, loved reading through it.
Nowadays you see very little of it. No writes.
Handwriting is a lost art.
Letter-writing is a lost art.
Eventually we will have no beautiful record of our days, except on a thumb drive.
How boring and how sad.
Pick up a pen and grab some paper today and kindle joy across the miles.