Whether to keep cursive

Several of you weighed in on the future of cursive, which is disappearing from classrooms.

“I think it should still be taught. It is faster — my grandchildren and I have had ‘races’ to see who finishes a written paragraph first,” one reader writes. “Cursive always wins. My granddaughter loved doing it when she learned it in school and decided to keep doing it. She was greatly encouraged to do printing instead as that was what her classmates were doing. I remember having penmanship in school! Who is going to be able to read all the historical documents? Will there have to be classes in reading cursive?”

Gwen English writes, “If cursive vanishes, the study of our 17th-19th century history will be handicapped. As a last resort, maybe cursive and calligraphy could become art electives, giving them a certain desirable cachet.”

From Margie Perenic: “Everything in life cannot be accomplished on a keyboard. How will people sign when they go to the polls, take care of legal and financial matters? What about signing their names on a greeting card or handwriting a thank-you note? All of this requires a personal touch.”

Your turn: email rrollins@coxohio.com.