Remember when your elementary school teacher told you that you’d use cursive every day in your adult life? Because you believed that teachers were always right, you willingly learned a style of penmanship where the upper case “Q” looks exactly like a 2 and the lower case "m" has way too many humps.
I’ve officially been living my adult life long enough to know that those teachers were lying. I never – like really, NEVER – use cursive to write anything… with the possible exception of my signature, but that’s more like a string of squiggly lines and loops than actual cursive.
3. But Let's Be Honest...We Have Better Ways To Write Letters Now
Cursive is like a lost art form these days. We no longer spend the time looping our l’s or triple humping our m’s. Instead, we spend our time clacking away on the keyboard and scrolling through our phones to find the best emojis.
However, cursive is apparently making a comeback. Alabama and Louisiana have become the newest states to pass laws that require students to learn cursive. As of now, a total of 14 states mandate cursive proficiency in public schools.
Other proponents say that students should learn cursive so that they can understand documents written in cursive, which, let’s be real, there aren’t too many of these days. But I suppose it would be nice for kids to be able to read the birthday cards their grandma sends them.
7. Apparently, Lots Of Important Documents Are Written In Cursive
New York state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a passionate champion of the cursive resurgence, said, “If an American student cannot read the Declaration of Independence, that is sad.”
I do want to point out, however, that you can easily find the full text of the Declaration of Independence online. So if you are at the National Archives in DC and are struggling to decipher the Declaration of Independence, you can probably just pull up the text on your smartphone.
8. Not Everyone Thinks Cursive Should Make A Comeback
Also, opponents of cursive continue to point out that there are really no cognitive benefits of learning cursive over learning printing. A 2016 article from Nautilus, Karin Harman James, a professor who studies early brain development, said that she observed no “brain differences between the two styles of writing.”
So why did cursive disappear from schools? The answer’s not quite clear, but most people assume that teaching children how to use technology suddenly became the priority. Naturally, this makes sense. I think we can all agree that it’s much more important for children to be proficient typists than cursive pros.
As if cursive wasn't fun enough already, here are some fun facts about penmanship that you probably didn't know!
Children didn't even learn how to print until the 1940s, which means that children only knew how to write in cursive up until that point. So now it makes sense why your grandma only writes her birthday and Christmas cards in cursive.
12. In The Pre-Cell Phone Days, It Was All About Handwritten Notes
Handwriting wasn’t really an education requirement until the mid-19th century, when public schooling became available. After that, all students were expected to be able to read and write proficiently in cursive.
But that was way before kids could shoot each other texts or DMs, so they kind of had to learn how to communicate via notes and whatnot.
13. What Do The Yankees And The Founding Fathers Have In Common?
The New York Yankees’ logo and the Declaration of Independence are written in the same cursive script – Roundhand. So basically the Yankees have used their logo to declare that they're the most American team around.
And that, my friends, is probably the most interesting thing there is to know about cursive.