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  • Mrs. Sykes: Alright class

  • Today we are going to learn how to write our letters in cursive.

  • Mike: Shouldn't we be learning keyboarding skills instead?

  • Mrs. Sykes: No. Cursive is faster.

  • It develops fine motor skills,

  • and this is how it has been done for generations and we don't want to upset

  • the status quo.

  • Mike: Isn't typing faster than handwriting?

  • Mrs. Sykes: Mike, you must know cursive to be competitive in the job market.

  • Mike: Mrs. Sykes,

  • My father owns a manufacturing business Not once did i ever see a bill sent to a

  • client or a memo to an employee that was written in cursive.

  • Mrs. Sykes: Then suppose you were stranded on an island with no computers

  • and no cell phone.

  • How would you communicate if you don't know how to write your letters?

  • Mike: We still learn how to write our letters and there is no rule in our society that

  • says to be an effective communicator your letters must be written in cursive.

  • And if I'm stranded on an island I think the most important thing I should know

  • is how to focus my ideas and write fluently rather than worry about which

  • way I stylize my letters.

  • Mrs. Sykes: Holding on to outdated practices make some people feel good.

  • And you need to know how to write in cursive handwriting to sign your name and write thank-you notes.

  • Mike: A simple 'X' is a legal signature as is a rubber stamp.

  • And as for thank you cards, that simply etiquette and etiquette changes from place to place

  • and time to time.

  • Mrs. Sykes: Aren't you the smart one.

  • Mike: I just understand that the way we communicate is fluid and changes over time.

  • What does cursive accomplish that can't already be done by other, more modern, means?

  • Mrs. Sykes: Mike. Please stop with your independent thought.

  • If you continue to challenge my curriculum then I'll consider you

  • disruptive to my class and give you a detention.

  • Mike: Fine. But I want you to show me just one job application that asks me if I know how

  • to write in cursive.

  • You won't find it, but you'll find plenty that ask for my typing speed.

Mrs. Sykes: Alright class

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Do We Need Cursive Handwriting in the 21st Century?

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