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I heard someone giving an interview on TV the other day discussing the subject surrounding basic common things we were required to do in the past. In a world where artificial technology invades our daily lives more and more, it may be tragic that without certain survival skills our upcoming generations may be left handicapped when they need it the most. For one thing, verbal communication is literally stifled because everywhere, everyone is texting, replacing normal verbal exchange. Are we losing our inborn natural ability to have fluid, normal conversations like it once was?
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Secondly, is there a curse on cursive writing? This particular interviewee noted that his daughter responded when asked to read the Bill of Rights, that she couldn’t read it because it was written in some foreign language. Yes, this teen is a U. S. born citizen and yes it is the same image of the Bill of Rights we’ve come to know. Since schools are not teaching cursive writing anymore, the digital, new wave of communication does not put emphasis on the importance of handwriting (printing maybe, but not cursive writing). What do we do?
We used to use the term, “Put your John Hancock here” and people understood what we meant (to sign your signature on a designated line). Nowadays many people ask who is John Hancock? They don’t think there is a need for a ‘signature’ because everything is done through advanced technology without requiring an actual handwritten signature.
I think without learning the basics about the art of handwriting, (and this is not just about those who are illiterate or functionally illiterate) in the long run, there may come a time when technology will not be readily available to translate for you. OMG…perish the thought! Is cursive writing becoming a modern form of written morse code?