As We See It

I was sitting in senior seminar the other day talking with the handful of other English majors about why we read what we read. Drowning in the theories and arguments of the scholars and ourselves, my professor caught my attention when she mentioned that elementary schools are no longer teaching cursive handwriting to students. Some of my classmates were outraged, while others understood that our culture is progressing technologically, leaving little room for the curves of cursive.

I sat quietly, rolling the concept over in my head. I can’t tell you the last time I wrote solely in cursive. Call me old-fashioned, but I still use a paper and pen every day, as I scribble down my combination of script and cursive. I am, however, writing this very editorial with the tap of my keyboard and I watch my friend have a conversation with her iPhone Siri on a daily basis.

Later that day, I called my sister who teaches elementary school and asked her to confirm. It’s true. Cursive is not regularly taught anymore. It is often pushed aside in order to meet other requirements. In fact, her kindergarten class is given iPads to use every day for academic purposes.

While those five-year-olds are swiping through iPads, I will keep on writing for this newspaper that is physically delivered to our mailboxes every two weeks. We can wrestle its huge pages open and then come back in 30 years with our children and see that same issue in the archives, just behind all of the scrapbooks and catalogues written mostly in that foreign looking cursive thing.

-Audrey Seaman, The Guidon editor.

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