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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 19, 2011 / 19 Menachem-Av, 5771

A dead-end script for cursive

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is a relief to know that my bad handwriting does not bear sole responsibility for killing cursive. Here in my home state of Indiana, the department of education has decided to finish it off. Cursive is no longer a required subject. Shed a tear if you will, but please, not on fresh ink.

Really, it's like asking which came first — the computer keyboard or the demise of longhand? It was bound to happen.

I know, I know, some of you are purists packing up your Montblanc fountain pens and the last remaining boxes of Crane stationery with talk about heading to the hills. Oh, you may be fine for awhile, but you'll turn on each other eventually, arguing about whether to resurrect the Palmer Method and whether it is acceptable to make lefties lose their slant. Come to grips with it now — the days of cursive are over. Man does not live by longhand alone.

If you'd just think rationally for a moment, I think you will shake those BIC pens out of your satchel, relinquish your beloved uni-ball with the fat grip and agree to stay close to your keyboard.

In today's times, cursive is limiting. It slows us down, it gets in the way of expediency.

Case in point, you can't Facebook in cursive. You can't tweet. You can't even organize a flash mob in cursive. Well you could, but you'd need a day to address the invitations, 3-5 days to make sure they had arrived and two additional days because cursive holdouts are also the sort that also like to RSVP. You have now killed the spirit of the flash mob. Feeling badly about that, aren't you? Like a lower case m drooping beneath the base line.

Another point: Cursive wastes energy. Cursive requires using an entire hand, whereas you can text using only two thumbs.

I know, you're thinking keyboarding robs communication of that personal touch, that special warmth and intimacy. It may to a degree, but we are adaptable creatures, we can retrain ourselves. You'll know you've met the challenge of change when you hear yourself saying:

"Oh, look — a birth announcement in Marge's distinctive Times New Roman."

"Children, gather 'round! It's an email from your father in his saucy 10 pt. Arial."

"Is this our second evite to a wedding this month? And they were both in Palatino. What a coincidence!"

What about signatures, you say? A signature is a source of pride, a signature reflects a person's attitude and character, you claim. Well, so does an X.

You're thinking it will be a pity when people can no longer read longhand, let alone write longhand — historic letters, journals and diaries, even our founding documents will be indecipherable. Not to worry, no doubt someone is writing code right now for an app that will scan longhand documents, convert them into digital and send the contents to your phone in a more modern, updated version: "We the ppl, of the Untd Sts n ordr 2 form a mor prfct union . . . "

I'm sure you can see the advantages already. There's no use fighting it. When handwritten essays were introduced on the SAT exams for the class of 2006, just 15 percent of 1.5 million students wrote their answers in cursive. The rest printed in block letters.

The handwriting is on the wall — and it is not cursive.


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