Cursive is a dying art. Most people, especially in our generation, no longer use cursive due to the fact that most classes are online and that most jobs are getting more and more “tech savvy”. Cursive is losing popularity and it is starting to show, especially in these years where companies would rather have someone that is an efficient and reliable typist rather than someone gifted with penmanship.
“I stopped learning cursive around maybe fourth grade and it was only taught due to the fact that it was in the curriculum,” senior Tavien Gillard said. “The only context we received was that it looked professional in comparison to its other variant. I think they quit teaching cursive because technology has a greater presence now than it did years back. Assignments, papers, and letters are mostly forwarded digitally and there really is no need for it nowadays.”
The advance of technology compared to the usage of cursive writing is especially prominent in the fields of job searching and college-level schooling. According to an article by the Washington Post, many college students would rather “take notes on laptops and tablet computers than with pens and notepads. Responding to handwritten letters from grandparents in cursive is no longer necessary as they, too, learn how to use email, Facebook and Skype.”
And, as stated in a similar article by Business Insider, there are currently only 14 states that require cursive in their state education.
“In my personal opinion, I feel that writing in cursive is not important,” junior Brianna Mullins said. “Writing in cursive to me is like learning another language, it’s optional.”
However, media coverage of the cursive decline has been sparse over the past few years, making it seem like people don’t care that cursive isn’t popular anymore. The coverage seen so far has tended to be negative. As stated in an Entertainment news article written by John Boone, cursive “helped distinguish the literate from the illiterate.”
“Here’s our two cents,” Boone said. “You spend the entire year in third-grade learning how to write in cursive and then will never, ever write in cursive again. Instead, schools should add additional spelling lessons to the curriculum. Kids are more tech-savvy these days, but because of Microsoft Spell Check, nobody knows how to spell without a computer anymore.”
The article got a negative reaction from sophomore Jacob Sorenson.
“I wouldn’t call them illiterate,” Sorenson said. “Because in the end, it isn’t the students’ fault that the schools stopped teaching it.”
Mullins also disagrees with what the article says, stating that the content of your writing is more important than the looks of it.
“I think they stopped teaching cursive because they feel it isn’t apart of the important academic aspect,” Mullins said. “It doesn’t matter what your writing looks like it matters that you know what you are talking about and you get your point across.”
Karen Matthews, the writer of the article for Business Insider, stated that cursive has been dying for quite a lot longer than just the past few years.
“It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when cursive writing began to fall out of favor,” Matthews said. “But cursive instruction was in decline long before 2010, when most states adopted the Common Core curriculum standards, which say nothing about handwriting.”
And especially with computers becoming as prominent as they are, students in high school may never have a need to learn and utilize cursive. All things considered, cursive might just become a part of history like Egyptian hieroglyphs or the Latin language.
“I personally believe that cursive and its usage is inept,” Gillard said. “There’s a reason its no longer taught, simply due to the fact that we can print simpler characters where we desire to express written thought. Cursive isn’t, nor will it ever be, anything more than a weird flex.”