Andrias Nicho Nugraha
ENG 101- 5772
Cursive, should it exist in our children education?
Coca cola logo is one example of cursive writing. It was created by John Pemberton’s partner and bookkeeper, Frank Mason Robinson in 1885. They were thinking about how to make two Cs look well in advertising. It was Robinson who came up with the name and chose the logo’s distinctive cursive script. Coca cola’s script was known as Spenserian script. It was developed in the mid 19th century and was dominant form of formal handwriting in the United States. The original cursive writing was used in English before The Norman Conquest. Cursive writing was widely used in official documents in England from early in the 16th century.
These days, there is a debate about should school require children to learn cursive or not. Morgan Polikoff says in the opinion pages of New York Times that district and states should not mandate it. He said because he thought cursive is an old fashion writing style and not many people are using it anymore. He also said it would be more effective if teachers only taught one style of writing and not wasting time in teaching two style of writing, so students could be more focused on science for their future need.
In the same time Kate Gladstone, the founder of Handwriting Repair and director of the World Handwriting Contest says “hand writing matters, but not cursive”. In 2012, handwriting teachers were surveyed at a conference hosted by Zaner-Bloser it resulted in only 37 percent who wrote in cursive, another 8 percent printed. The majority, 55 percent, wrote a hybrid. Hybrid is a combined style from cursive and print, which mostly make our writing faster. “So why do we have to mandate cursive?” She said.
In my opinion, it is necessary to teach cursive to students. There are a lot of advantages from cursive writing. I agree with Suzanne Baruch Asherson who said learning cursive could help to improve brain development areas in thinking, language...