Meridian Star


September 1, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013


MERIDIAN — Roger Welborn, Meridian

The art of cursive writing

    It is going to be a very sad day when our younger generation will be unable to read the documents that formed our country. Think of all the letters that were written by our ancestors than can never be fully understood.

    Cursive writing is very important and should never be ignored in our school system.

    As a former school teacher, I well remember writing class and how the children looked forward to it with joyful anticipation. It was a quiet time for them. They had their newly sharpened pencils and their proper writing paper.

    After I had instructed them on the formation of the beautifully "a" and "o", I would put on music for them to listen to while they practiced. They knew the selection of the soft gliding music that was available and sometimes chose the voices of the whales in the ocean.

    I walked the aisles and when a correction was needed I tapped them on the shoulder, went to the board and wrote the letter properly. No talking.

    What is the problem now? First of all, parents did not show the children how to hold the pencil when they started. They just grab it in their fist. This makes it difficult for the student to use the back side of the palm as a cushion to get necessary glide used in cursive. I would question of some of the teachers know how to change them.

    Cursive writing is an art. Art uses another part of the brain. This is being compromised.

    My father wrote beautiful Spenserian script. The graduating diplomas from surrounding counties were sent to our house in the spring for my father to inscribe names on them. He also did all of the Future Farmers Association promotions.

    Large tables were set up and my sister and I had to be quiet. We were very proud of him but being quiet was not easy.

    I suspect teachers will plea, "We have not enough time." I will answer to that, "Find the time. Shut the computers off. Integrate the subjects. Use spelling words to practice the script."

    Please do not let this beautiful artistic way of communication get lost.

Virginia H. Helms, former teacher, St. Clairsville, Ohio

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