The Advocate’s March 28 article regarding Senate Bill 275 and cursive writing really strikes a chapter in my book of memories.

I still remember the time so many years ago when my freshman literature students had an absolutely wonderful time orally discussing Edgar Allan Poe and other short story writers, but this wonderful time experienced a drastic change when they realized the writing portion of the discussion was to be done in cursive. They informed me they had not been taught cursive, which explained why assignments were done in print, and much of this print was illegible.

There also was the time when a student used an updated office typewriter to do her cursive, then was allowed to transfer to another class because her letter grade was not to her liking!

I was eventually informed that I had no right to promote cursive, nor did I have the right to expect my students to become more aware of vocabulary skills, most especially proper spelling. Such expectations, I was informed, did not promote enthusiastic student performance.

Receiving “snail” mail from family, friends, former students and businesses is often a pleasant experience. It is an even more pleasant experience when the messages are written in legible cursive rather than computer generated.

It is my wish that state Sen. Beth Mizell’s bill becomes law, which just might serve as a catalyst for numerous other revamping possibilities to the Common Core curriculum.


retired educator