The format of a My Take is 150 words – no more, no less – to express an opinion on a different topic each week. This week’s topic was cursive writing.
By Jack Wilson
A few months ago, I watched a friend in my third-year university class practice cursive by copying down lines from Google Images. The exercise reminded me of the dreaded assignments my grade three teacher once imposed on me. Nowadays, I’m grateful she chose to teach cursive while my friend’s teacher opted out.
Beginning in September, in my home province of Ontario, all students will resume learning a skill I call on whenever I interview someone for The Record. Thinking of my keyboard cradling colleagues, I wonder how they’ll react to younger generations writing cursive while they can’t. They already need help decoding letters from their grandparents. Will their literacy soon be further limited as older and younger generations alike revert to passing handwritten notes?
Or maybe, with AI panic at fever pitch, we’ll all ditch our laptops, pick up cursive and embrace a letter-writing renaissance.