I have been hearing for a while that kids are no longer learning handwriting, or cursive, in school. I didn't really grasp the full extent of this until this weekend. I was practicing writing, (okay, I admit it, I usually print...) and asked Captain Awesome, my 14-year-old, freshman, to write his name. For a moment his eyes glazed over, then when he realized I was serious, he got a panicked look on his face. I gave him pen and paper, and he agonized and struggled for about five minutes while attempting to sign his name. When he finished, it was all wrong. I need my teacher, Mrs. Tweet, from third grade, who made me practice and practice.
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I asked Captain Awesome, "How are you going to sign a check?" Then I realized, my son will more than likely not be signing many checks. He will swipe a card, scribble something on a pad, then push a button. Our world is changing. With our society becoming so dependent on computers, our kids no longer need to know handwriting. It makes me sad, to loose this beautiful expression of individuality.
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I feel so old. I know how to write in cursive.