Camera Girl at East Gwillimbury Blog had a post yesterday that reminded me of a news article I read in our local paper. In her post she wrote that cursive writing has been removed from the school curriculum in at least two Canadian provinces and some forty U.S. states.
Here is the news item that reminded me of:
Carol Guanella came home from the bookstore with her head still shaking. She'd gone to the Barnes & Noble in downtown Santa Rosa to buy a friend a gift of the book on the historic victories and principled sacrifices of the University of San Francisco's 1951 football team. Guanella had written down the name of the author and the title: Kristine Setting Clark, “Undefeated, Untied, and Uninvited.” The mother and grandmother approached a young sales associate, told her she was looking for a particular book and handed her the paper. “She looked at the note,” Guanella said, “and she said, 'You'll have to read it to me. I don't read cursive.'”
After I got over my initial amazement of what I had just read I found it a very sad statement to our ever deteriorating educational system. In her post Camera Girl added "Does that mean future generations won't be able to read old postcards found in antique shops and letters found in the attic?" I had not thought about that. Will there be a day in the distant future that trying to make sense of cursive writing will be much like how it was for us trying to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics?
Later that day I was writing out a check to the DMV for my motorcycle license and registration. I wondered if young people of today even know how to write out a check?