Written by Kathleen Malone. Media by Kelsey Middleton.
Cursive writing. Whenever we hear those two words, it almost feels like something which has gone far away from us, something that has died with the rise of the age of computers. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Many studies show that cursive writing is actually a good thing and it’s making a comeback. Personally, I felt that cursive wasn’t around as much as it should have been and that it was something that was either dying or dead. Therefore, cursive wasn’t a topic that I was interested in until I started to read the articles about it.
Many of the articles about cursive handwriting discussed the positive reasons why cursive should still be taught and learned. The main arguments are we learn better when we write things down, there’s a need to be able to read cursive, it helps develop motor skills, and it allows people to be creative and make beautiful things. All of those are very interesting, and in today’s world maybe we should take another look at them.
In The Washington Post’s article “Once all but left for dead, is cursive handwriting making a comeback?“, Joe Heim shows that there are schools that still want their students to learn cursive handwriting, as it is required for standard learning. The article also mentions that when children learn to write in cursive, it helps them cognitively so they process words faster. He also states that children’s memories were much better if they wrote things down rather than typing them on a keyboard.
Continuing with “A Case For Cursive“, author Cindy Long has very similar points to the previous article. Long discusses improved writing speed and creativity, how the students seemed to be learning better when they wrote things down, and indicated that students’ memories were improved, as they were able to recall things that they had written down for classes.
“Why Cursive?“, presented by Cursive Logic, gives arguments as to why cursive is better than typing by bringing in evidence from other sources to help showcase their opinion. This shines a more positive light on the subject. The Federalist and Concordia University both have articles listing reasons why cursive should be brought back, seeming to only reinforce the statement that cursive should be reintroduced to school curricula.
Reading articles about cursive writing definitely changed my view on the topic. Instead of viewing it negatively, the research has been overwhelmingly positive, so I believe that cursive should be brought back and taught. Though there may be some people out there that disagree, I feel that cursive writing is a positive thing.
Cursive continues to make a strong case to stick around. Proponents fight the claim that it is dead due to increased use of computers and technology or the belief we won’t need something like that again. There are many positives to cursive writing, compared to a scarce search result of negatives. Cursive writing seems to be making a comeback in a big way, and there are many studies that show that cursive is improving the way children learn. Even though we’re in the computer age, handwriting still matters. Cursive isn’t going to be dying anytime soon.