No? You hate cursive? Then take heart. I have good news: Cursive is dead. I know that cursive is dead because last fall, for the first time ever, I had to stop using my beautiful script in my college classroom. No one could read it. The first No Child Left Behind generation has left cursive behind. And why not? There is no standardized cursive test. And we all know that if there is no standardized test for something, it must not be very important. Plus, with computers, handwriting is, apparently, a bit superfluous.
Of course, not every one is taking this lying done. There are books, specifically Kitty Burns Florey's Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting. There are also outraged teachers who punish the victims (the kids taught only a flimsy version of the cursive signature) by refusing to write in anything but what is to their students an impenetrable flurry of curves and loops.
The end of cursive is sad in the way that the end of archaic things are always sad. There is that nostalgia, that longing, that Luddite impulse to hate the new. This is, of course, especially true for the penmanship leaders among us. After all, some of us have so few things to feel really smug about. It seems rather cruel to deny us our flowery penmanship too.
What do you think? The death of cursive: the end of western civilization as we know it? Or a minor blip on the road to mental telepathy? Pick up your pencils -- make that your keyboards-- and...begin.