SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 10, 2013

Letter: Cursive writing should still be taught


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

Thanks to staff writer Bethany Bray and Maureen Hayden of CNHI News Service. Their articles on penmanship in Saturday’s paper hit a soft spot.

I grew up in the era when we were taught the Zaner-Bloser method of cursive writing. We earned certificates as we improved. I know my parents saved those for me.

Recently, I went to a dear, smart niece’s birthday party. Not thinking, I wrote a complimentary note about her. When she opened the envelope to read her card, she kept staring — not saying a word — with a puzzled look on her face. She could not read it and had to admit it. She’s a teenager! Sad.

Now, all my siblings had the same instructors, and only one still uses script — the others print.

Signatures on checks are just scribbled lines. One can never read prescriptions issued.

I do not use my computer to email; I write all my letters. At some point, cursive should be taught. That’s my feeling.

Connie Brown

Manchester-by-the-Sea