For all of the many worries people have had over what computers are doing to our children, from making them fat to destroying their grammar to opening them up to cyberbullying, here's one we never realized was such a big deal. Over three years ago, we had a post mentioning that there didn't seem to be much of a need for cursive writing any more, as most communications was done via typed words. Non-cursive writing was perfectly fine for other situations. However, you wouldn't know that to read this latest article that is positively dripping with worry over what will become of our children and their inability to write with connected letters. It turns out that fewer and fewer kids are writing in script, even if they learned it in elementary school. The "information officer" for the National Handwriting Association is appalled: "The result of this neglect is dire. Many children never learn joined writing at all and continue to use print script like young children, well into their adult lives." Dire? I could think of a few things that seem a bit more important. Then there's a professor of literacy who claims that a lack of connecting letters stunts both learning and self-esteem: "Unless children learn to write legibly and at speed, their educational achievements may be reduced and their self-esteem affected." Next up: we'll be hearing about how awful it is that children, these days, no longer churn their own butter.
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