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Can you please sign your name?

For most of us, this is a normal request followed by a normal response of a signature.  For Gen Z, they may just scrawl a few characters and call it their John Hancock. Sir, could you please sign by the X? That is my signature.

In 2010, the cursive requirement was removed from the Common Core Standards.  So now a portion of the population cannot read or write cursive.

The logic was that everyone is using a keyboard so learning that skill was more important than cursive. I remember when they said now that we have computers, we would have a paperless office.  We may be getting closer to it but that was something said decades ago.

For some, cursive handwriting is like a foreign language that only their parents can decipher.  Mom, can you read what Grandma wrote in my birthday card.  What will they do in the future when they come across handwritten documents and their parents aren’t available to translate.

What happens when they become parents themselves and use handwritten correspondence.  It will look like something their second grader cobbled together.  You can’t type or text your way out of every situation.

Maybe in the not-too-distant future we will all plug into AI (Artificial Intelligence) where it will do all of our thinking and writing for us.  The only skill required will be navigating a keyboard.

Luckily, cursive is being brought back and now mandatory in almost half of the states.  Even if the word cursive is foreign to you, the skill is still attainable via Unfortunately, just like print handwriting, cursive does not come with a spell checker.

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