Lots of people are disturbed about the trend away from teaching cursive writing. I’m among them.
I’ve been told I have nice handwriting. This would come as a complete shock to Mrs. Shoemaker, my sixth-grade teacher, who was so disgusted by my penmanship that she actually told me I should learn to type at the earliest opportunity.
I say the deck was stacked. If your handwriting didn’t look exactly like Mrs. Shoemaker’s, you were guaranteed a check mark in the “needs improvement” box on your report card, and (in my case) several despairing notes to the parental units:
“Michael seems unwilling to improve his penmanship.”
“Michael’s sloppy penmanship remains a problem. I misread a line in his book report on ‘Guadalcanal Diary’ as “Vivian Vance has a big butt.’”
“Are you quite sure Michael is right-handed?”