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Out goes cursive writing, in comes modern manuscript handwriting
Many educators hold that cursive writing is a useless activity for children since it is a part of calligraphic art forced on children by unthoughtful teachers. Not only it makes the writing illegible but also many students in primacy grades find difficult to master it resulting into a frustrating experience. Without any evidences, cursive handwriting was romanticised both by religious teachers and market forces for a long time.

Based upon research evidences, now many schools abjure the teaching of cursive handwriting to kids since it makes write sloppy for most students with loopy and whirly joining of letters. Even medical science has found it stressful tyranny of hand at a tender age.

D'Nealian manuscript handwriting as shown in the inset picture has become popular among schools in the West since it has done away with the child-inappropriate sophisticated cursive writing by using small tails at the end of letters and not joining the letters in a word. Research evidences say that both legibility and speed has increased in writing by primary kids. Speed is more a matter of practice rather than loopy joining of letters, it has been found.

My own experience, in a primary education project with 'printsive writing' having a small stroke in the beginning of a letter and a short loop at the end of letter, made handwriting legible and eye-catching.

Still in many schools in India are prescribing cursive writing workbooks unnecessarily under the pressure of market forces. It is high time to do away with cursive writing in schools and switch over to evidence-based modern manuscript handwriting technique.

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