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Say, Gramps, what does this scribble mean?

December 7, 2012 12:10 am

Regarding the Nov. 28 editorial "Off Script" on the decline in training in cursive handwriting, the inability to read letters written in cursive impedes communication between grandchildren and grandparents.

Imagine my husband's surprise when he learned that our granddaughter couldn't read his first letter to her. Not a good thing for fostering family closeness.

Quite apart from this family problem, consider the vast quantity of letters and documents from the not-so-distant past that are handwritten in cursive. If the current generation is not taught cursive, this link with the past will be lost. Shall I throw away that box of letters from my grandfather to my mother?

If my granddaughter becomes, say, a police detective, will she miss clues because they they were written by an older suspect in cursive?

When children are taught to read they learn to recognize both capital and lowercase letters. How big a deal is it to teach them to join lowercase letters into cursive?

Can someone tell me if it is more likely that students learn to read cursive by first writing it?

Gwynne V. Griswold

King George

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