On "Good Morning" there was what was supposed to be an inspiring segment. It was about the re-introduction of cursive writing aka penmanship into the grade-school curriculum. One project was pairing, as cursive-writers, a pre-teen and an elderly person.
Well, those elderly participants probably vividly remember their own 45-minute sessions, when in grade school, devoted to practicing penmanship. If the setting had been a Roman Catholic school there were likely flashbacks of boys having their hands smacked with a ruler for - yeah, you got it - poor penmanship.
Guess it was a slow news day for the bookers at "Good Morning."
With so many tools for communication available currently there is no need to revive cursive writing. Although I came of professional age in communications taking long-hand notes, now I key interviews right into Word. And that's that.
What iGen needs is not cursive writing in the curriculum. Instead, they should learn how to think critically. If they do that, there will be no need for college. Or law school, which is positioned and packaged as where to acquire the art and science of critical thinking.
Employers will stop demanding college graduation as a credential when they get it that the iGen applicants can all navigate their way through bogus contentions and fake news.
Without college as mandatory, iGen can stop lugging around almost 30 grand in student loan debt like a sack of rotting vegetables.
Had I not been burdened with those 45-minute sessions of cursive instruction at St. Boniface School, Jersey City, New Jersey, I might not have had to enroll in Harvard Law School to "learn to think."
Takeaway: Classroom time is a terrible thing to waste. I was never hired for a job or assignment because of good handwriting.
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