The Case for Cursive

cursive For centuries, cursive handwriting has been an art. To a growing number of young people, it is a mystery.Enlarge This ImagePeter Stevenson for The New York TimesMegan Porter of Brownsburg, Ind., is in the third grade, the last year of cursive training in many school districts.The sinuous letters of the cursive alphabet, swirled on countless love letters, credit card slips and banners above elementary school chalk boards are going the way of the quill and inkwell. With computer keyboards and smartphones increasingly occupying young fingers, the gradual death of the fancier ABC’s is revealing some unforeseen challenges.

The Case for Cursive