Is The Writing On The Wall?

Can you read this?

or this?

I will bet you’re thinking OH NO! her she goes  with the “thank a teacher” spiel.  I can truly thank a teacher. Will my grand-children be able to thank a teacher? To my surprise, I learned that my grand-daughters and my great-niece are not learning cursive in school oh they can read type written word and print. I don’t know how far-reaching  this  trend is, but my grand-daughters live in Arizona and my niece in Michigan.

The line of thinking, so I have heard, is that there is no reason to learn cursive.  With  the use  of computer and use of the typed word being prevalent why spend the time to learn such archaic communications, there is no need for it.

This bothers me on so many levels that I can’t begin to tell you. I think the major one would be from a genealogist/historian view-point, in two generations who will read the documents of old, such as the constitution. I know many of these documents are transcribed  into type. Many thousands have not. You ask me why the concern about transcribed documents.
Coming from a back ground where I learned to always read for myself, to test what is true and what is false. In this I can see the truth of our history being buried in illiteracy of the written word.  You and I both know how a typed document can so easily be changed where the original is not. There will be very few that can go back to the orignal and say…no this is what that document actually says. You’ll have to get a special degree in something that is taught now in the early years.

Like so many things of old it will become but a memory, something belonging to the ancients.
Cursive scholars, what a thought.



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