Tomorrow is National Handwriting Day, something that to me sounded silly, like breathing day, or water drinking day (neither of which exist I don’t think) because I never leave home without a notebook or a pen. Each room in our house has a stash of pens and there’s always a ton of paper on hand.
My personal love for the handwritten word knows no bounds and so I welcome a whole day of celebration. It seems though that I might be part of a growing minority. Rumor has it that schools are phasing cursive out of the curriculum, something which seems to be distressing many of our Facebook Fans.
The general consensus seems to be that without cursive children will never learn to sign their names and will struggle when reading other people’s written words. From a fine motor skill standpoint, cursive is incredibly important. From the point of view of an already overtaxed education system, is there really enough time for teaching a dying art?
Print, cursive or a mix of the two, we’re not picky. Any of it is better than a hastily typed text message. Embrace Handwriting Day tomorrow and send someone a loving note written longhand on pretty stationery.