Reply to "How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker"

Brotha Momentum wrote: You know they don't teach cursive writing anymore. The image show a hand with a pen that made me think of that. I don't think that is good, you have any thoughts on that?

 

I don't think that's good either but they still teach handwriting in some places but it is a dying form of penmanship. However in my classes, I encouraged students to cursive write in their journals [in pen].  In fact I am one of few who believe that cursive writing is very important in student's academic cognitive experience. It is part of the fine motor skills development [from print to cursive] in youngsters when they first begin to write and identify letters [and the ability to recognize the difference between the two].  It is also an ancient art form which depicts character and integrity based on the style of penmanship (which all cultures all over the world participates in).  I see cursive as singing the language of thought.   

 

Additionally, you can really tell a lot about a person by the way they write in cursive. In fact one of the real reasons why its use is in decline today is because the younger generation of teachers lack the ability to teach it to their students...as a result of huge budget cuts in the school system years ago [which also removed music, art, home economics, sewing, wood shop etc].

 

But! When I was coming up cursive writing was mandatory. After the 3rd grade you had to cursive write all your homework except arithmetic. I think students miss something vital when they don't write from hand to paper in cursive flow. As why in my class it was a requirement. Back in the day, I used to pride myself with my handwriting until I started writing in shorthand. And that was the end of that.  But!

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