Super secret language! The archaic art of handwriting

IMG_20130308_113104I was told by a friend, who was told by her mom, who works at a school, that the school has decided to no longer teach cursive writing. Obviously this is reliable info since it went through multiple channels to get to me and certainly could not be misinterpreted or changed along the information journey (See, as adults we still play children’s games like grapevine and telephone!). But I also found an article about it HERE. It will be the parent’s responsibility to pass along this soon to be archaic method of putting pen (or pencil, or marker, or crayon) to paper (or any other writing surface) in beautifully curvy script. What’s next, no more handwriting at all? No more teaching how to form letters by hand? One day our children’s, children’s, children will talk about those weird people who try to save the lost art of writing by hand. There will be museums filled with books made of paper (things currently known as libraries) and only a few who choose to carry on this art.

Okay, so this is where technology is heading, but what happens when/if this (as in electricity) goes away. What if this apocalypse we like to write books and movies about actually happens? Will our world be filled with people who no longer know how to communicate unless they have a computer tablet or some sort of electronic device in their hands? Will the art of speaking wither away with the art of handwriting as a way to communicate? Mira Grant wrote a zombie apocalypse series where electricity was still alive and well and people communicated via blogs etc. But most of the scenarios involve the loss of all electronic things.

IMG_20130308_105057Perhaps this is a pretty morbid (and extreme) scenario in relation to not being taught cursive writing anymore. But I find it sad. Maybe I am being a little ironic by typing this and posting on a blog. But I can tell you that in front of me, and to the side are many pens and pads of paper. I am one of the few at work that takes a pen and paper into a meeting when I want to take notes while the others use their various devices to keep notes. Maybe I am just old-fashioned, but I like the feeling of pen in hand and reusing scraps of paper and the flexibility of having any surface where I can jot ideas, draw pictures, and sometimes just doodle. I also like the freedom of mixing up cursive and printing into my own hodge-podge style of writing.

IMG_20130308_110236I am able to do this because I was taught cursive writing as s kid. And speaking of freedom, all those fancy documents like the declaration of independence will be stared at like ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and will have to be taken to a cursive writing specialist for interpretation. All those notes you and your friends passed back and forth will be put in museums (librarians) for people to ooohh and aahhh over as they try to interpret what each swirly letter is trying to convey.

I do realize that there are tablets and devices where we can basically do the same thing, but I still feel there is more flexibility of actually writing on paper. And how will people make big bucks selling signatures of famous people on eBay if they start signing everything digitally? On that note, how will sports stars sign the game ball that many like to put up on display? These are pressing issues that need to be thought of before eradicating handwriting from our children’s curriculum!


p.s. I sent a letter today, It only contained a couple lines of writing. But it was a real handwritten letter in an envelope I where the address was handwritten. Crazy, right!?


One thought on “Super secret language! The archaic art of handwriting

  1. I had a client who was born in 1992 signing papers in front of me. She kept saying she was really bad at signing her own name. The more signatures she signed, the worse the writing looked. I even asked her on one of them if she just scribbled. Her response, “uh huh!”. Later she admitted that when she was in school and they were teaching to write, she was more concerned with flirting with the guy in front of her than learning to write her name. I asked her if it was worth it. She said no.

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