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February 26, 2013


Cursive writing’s day has passed

While I rarely watch television, I noticed one morning on the news that the Indiana Senate had passed a law requiring schools to teach cursive writing. I was a little confused that they didn’t include teaching on how to chip hieroglyphs into stone or put chicken scratches on a clay tablet.

I know this sounds silly, but cursive has become as obsolete as hieroglyphs and cuneiform writing (the chicken scratches). 

I am puzzled and disturbed that our elected officials would pass bills that take us backward instead of leading us forward, while wasting limited teaching resources. 

The current focus should be to teach all children typing from kindergarten on with the understanding that when voice recognition technology has matured, that this too, will be obsolete. I am at a loss as to why an elected majority of senators would waste their time and our money debating and passing SB120, and would hope our representatives will have a lot more sense. 

Being politicians, I really do not have much hope. Before anyone passes judgment, I am 53 years old and cursive writing was a valuable tool until I was in college and word processors came into being, as was a can opener to open a pop can, until pull tops and aluminum cans came into existence, as well as returning bottles that you had paid a deposit on instead of buying a 2-liter. Times have changed, whether we like them or not, and it is time for everyone to get on board, especially our elected officials, and direct those changes in the direction that our children need, instead of the members in the senate that want to but us back into the dark ages.

— Dan Haley, New Albany  


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