As often happens, writing in this spiral notebook inspires ideas much more than computers.
Not all believe in the benefits of writing in cursive, as seen in Indiana's modification to the state curriculum to end the mandate for schools to teach cursive to students. The reasoning? Cursive is becoming archaic and unnecessary; children need to learn to type.
This logic to replace cursive lessons with typing has merit. Still, here are numerous objections, nuanced though they may be:
1. Writing in cursive teaches not only hand-eye coordination, but smoothly connects thoughts to the page.
2. Children deserve to be taught to sign their names, and not only the required letters, lest those change through legal choice, nick-name, or marriage.
3. Cursive provides a link to history, with government documents and old manuscripts written in script.
4. Personality shines through ink script. Art and calligraphy emerge from script.
5. Script encourages creativity in writing, as one's fingers create visual nuance in words.
6. When typing, fonts can change the style of writing, but fingers merely click the same keys -- there is no change of finger direction.
7. As part of a complete education, children should be exposed to arts and sciences that they may not immediately use. This includes drawing, biology, music, and of course handwriting.
8. Script combines flair with discipline. Teaching script allows students to focus quietly on a page.
9. Handwriting is inexpensive compared to computers.
(a) Handwriting requires merely an implement and a page. Pen, pencil, crayon, marker, ruler on paper, in the sand, on a frosted cake top.
(b) Computers and tablets need electricity, expensive device components, software, internet service providers (for online writing and document downloads), time to boot, calls to help desks and IT departments.
(c) Even for inexpensive options, one must know where to locate those options and operate those devices.
(d) Printers and ink cartridge refills are far more expensive then pens and pencils.
10. Computers cause health hazards, including headaches and carpel tunnel syndrome when wrists are not held properly. They also emit dangerous gasses.
11. Handwriting can happen at any time without needing electric recharging or booting.
12. Writing in cursive is a joy!
Let's not deprive the next generation of learning a simple skill that provides this many returns.