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Is Cursive Obsolete?

Who uses cursive nowadays?

The strange squiggly writing that gave us headaches in the third grade is still puzzling youngsters today. The difference is that now almost no correspondence is in cursive anymore.

In modern day communication, we rarely even send messages using pens. We mostly use our thumbs or a keyboard.

We rarely even pay bills with paper checks. Most funds are settled electronically. I think I wrote just two checks last year.

Yet there is something regal about writing. It’s artistic.

What will our culture lose if we stop teaching kids cursive?

Is the dwindling art of handwriting still useful as a security measure?

Would purging penmanship affect our kids’ fine motor skills or coordination?

Will these autograph hounds ever give me peace?

Katie Zezima explores these questions and more in a story for The New York Times.

Is Cursive Obsolete?
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