Cursive has to be the most overtly pointless subject imaginable:
- It was originally devised to compensate for the fragility of WRITING WITH A QUILL. NOBODY (except maybe historical reenactors) writes with a quill. Quite frankly, cursive SHOULD have gone extinct when “inkwells” stopped being included on desks.
There was literally no excuse for so-called “penmanship” after the development of the ball-point pen.
2. Remember how Gutenberg’s printing-press exterminated the profession of “scribe?” “nuff said.
3. Cursive is unreadable as fuck — at best. There is literally *no* excuse for it — not even signatures. Graphology is a shitty pseudoscience. Moreover, People’s handwriting frequently changes over time. For example — if one of the prescriptivist dinosaur’s yip-yapping about cursive were to have a massive stroke, and need to re-learn handwriting.
The most galling thing about it is: why in the hell would you waste limited class-time on a “skill” which is (at best) reduncant (in that they already know how to “print” — and no printed material actually uses cursive fonts for anything other than (misplaced) aesthetic affectation.
Realistically: Cursive wasn’t rendered pointless by the “digital age” — it has been utterly valueless and inane since writing with a quill fell out of favor.
So, yeah: if you see someone yip-yapping about the “virtues” of cursive handwriting while using a ball-point pen — punch ’em in the throat. 🙂