Saturday, December 3, 2011

Writing in cursive is important to our souls

I just bought a new fountain pen.  It's the Noodler's Ahab Flex Nib Piston Fill Fountain Pen...  I bet you didn't know that a fountain pen could have such a specific name. Well, it does. And here's a picture of it.

My friend George, who started me on this obsession, sent me an email that I should wash the pen out with soapy water and ammonia before I use it. It'll make it work better.  I'm off in a few minutes to buy ammonia. That's how dedicated I am to writing.

So, now, the news is telling us that the schools aren't going to teach cursive writing much longer because the kids are all using their thumbs to communicate.

Wow... A whole section of my life would have been obliterated if I hadn't learned to write in long hand.  I hope those great developers of the school curriculum reconsider.  Everyone should have the opportunity to learn to write, the joy of feeling a new pen in their hand and the utter bliss of making scribbles turn into something beautiful once in a while.

That's just what I think about that....

What do you think?


Mariodacatsmom said...

I agree with you. They are still going to have to now how to write their name, fill out a form that isn't available on a computer (job applicaiton) and I can think of any number of things cursive writing will still be used for. I also wonder about all the excess wear and tear on the thumbs over time.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I heard the same thing and I cannot begin to tell you how much that concept terrifies me.

I remember being in about 1st grade...sitting at my desk painstakingly writing my letters in cursive. I took such pride in making sure it was perfect and beautiful.

I cannot even comprehend schools not teaching cursive.
What will be next to leave? Pens and paper?

Shakespeare said...

I am aghast at this... and I hated my fourth grade teacher because he was such a meanie about my handwriting... but I still find it to be an art form. Why on earth should it not be taught? Believe it or not, thank-you notes and handwritten letters still happen.

And what about signatures? Are we all going to print our names out?