It takes my 20-year-old son almost a full minute to sign his name. Yes, he has a long name, but that’s not the issue. He’s dysgraphic, which means he can’t write.
He’s also dyslexic. And gifted. So I’m glad he lives in 2014 rather than 1914. Or even 1940. Despite his utter inability to print or write cursive, he’s been able to play the “learning disability card” and require his university to give him accommodations. He can use a computer for exams. He gets extra time. And he’s doing really well. (He’s pursuing a B.Mus. and studying to become an opera singer.)
Most other 20-year-olds these days can’t write, either. Cursive handwriting is disappearing from public schools, according to The Washington Post. The New York Times agrees, although it seems to feel more regretful about it.
It makes me sad, too. I think most writers should object to this change as well.
Here are three reasons: