Question of the Day

When’s the last time you used cursive writing? Besides using it to sign your name.

I use it just about everyday for writing projects (My first drafts are always written in longhand and I edit them later as I type them into Word) or for journal entries. I also prefer a fountain pen so I may be headed in the wrong technological direction.


Stop Teaching Handwriting

This is absurd: I am a college professor and a freelance writer, and the only time I pick up a pen is to sign a credit-card receipt. Let’s stop brutalizing our kids with years of drills on the proper formation of a cursive capital “S”—handwriting is a historical blip in the long history of writing technologies, and it’s time to consign to the trash heap this artificial way of making letters, along with clay tablets, smoke signals, and other arcane technologies.