1. Maybe an odd side trail, but I wonder whether it makes any difference if one writes in cursive, or manuscript. Does it matter if one cannot write cursive well?

    I’ve been looking at U.S. state education standards, most of which have abandoned cursive writing altogether.

    • There are a lot of people who discuss how cursive can actually help the flow of your thoughts, but I guess in your own personal journal you can write whatever you want! 🙂

    • pdc13

      Education authorities in Canada, as well as in the U.S., haven’t so much abandoned as neglected the teaching of cursive writing as they try to find time to teach other skills such as keyboarding. The Common Core state standards in the U.S. don’t preclude teaching cursive; , its neglect of cursive writing, however, has prompted several states to move to keep it as a requirement.

      When I was a child, I was taught to write in cursive as it would be a skill much needed later on in school and in life. Printing in manuscript, by comparison, was slow as it necessitated frequent lifting and lowering of the pen or pencil. The ability to write quickly is a very important skill, especially as one’s education progresses. Declarations of the demise of cursive writing are premature. Schools wouldn’t have the resources to provide computers for all its students, and not all students would be able to afford them to be able to do their homework. Computers are expensive and they become outdated too quickly.

      Here’s some food for thought:

  2. SN

    Great article!
    I do both everyday, journal writing by hand in my notebook (with fountain pens) and then type reports and updates on computer for official issuing and publication. I find hand writing allows “mental space” for more creativity and reflection.

    On a slightly different twist, I look at my penmanship which reflects my emotion of the day, it changes every day 🙂

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