Keyboard-happy students aren’t learning cursive handwriting anymore. The National Cursive Handwriting Contest was canceled after 75 years because the entries were “garbage.”
South Carolina, home state of Kimberly Swygert is one of the few that requires children to learn handwriting.
My elementary school didn’t teach cursive till fourth grade, which gave us more time to develop the necessary coordination. But then they required us to use cartridge pens for cursive; no one knew why ballpoints were banned. The cartridge pens leaked and clogged, adding another level of challenge to handwriting practice. Pen flicking, which sent ink flying around the room, was a popular indoor sport. At any rate, I have to say that I love keyboards.