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This Is Why Cursive Is Dying Out

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Why does this keep happening?

This little drawing is by artist Jim Benton. You can find more of his work on GoComics and in his book.

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I used to get straight As in elementary —except for Ds in cursive writing. I started to get an attitude about it back then.

In college a professor INSISTED all test answers (which were entirely essay) be written cursively. This was for an ancient literature class. His “reasoning” was this, which he dedicated a huge part of the first day of class to:

(Paraphrased): “I am an English professors. My job is to get you to read as much as possible. The more you write the more you read. Writing cursive is faster than writing print. The more you write the more you will read. Therefore you must write cursive in my class so that you write faster, thus write more, thus read more, thus learn more English.”

Wrap your head around that. Clearly he was not teaching logic.

And he was a freaking stickler about it. I got marked down on a test because I could not remember how to make a cursive Z and used a print Z on the name “Zeus”. This dipshit professor circled it in red every single place on the essay and wrote “Who is this? I can’t read this letter. I don’t know who you are referring to!”.

There is no need to write cursively anymore. We have moved past that in this digital age. There is a need for print because there are times where you do not have machine access.

The only time I’ve written cursively in the last quarter of a century has been to sign my name and whatever is above my signature (e.g. “Love,” or “Thank you,”).

It needs to go away. It has outlived it’s use as anything other than an art form.