WHY READING AND WRITING CURSIVE IS ESSENTIAL
Increasingly public schools are abandoning instruction on cursive reading and writing. That failure denies generations of youth the opportunity to appreciate an expressive form that is in every Anglo-American historical document before the age of the typewriter, including the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the English Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Inaugural Addresses and public speeches of Presidents from George Washington to John F. Kennedy, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and all of the myriad war and personal correspondence from the revolutionary and civil wars, among many, many others. Mastery of history and intended meaning depends upon an appreciation for this art of expression, not to mention its importance in discerning the content of one’s own family history.
In so many areas, the public schools are failing to teach students the basics, making them dependent on modern technology as their sole means of communication. Many high school age students today regard cursive as the equivalent of a foreign language beyond their understanding. Many can neither write nor read cursive. When their eyes land upon original copies of our nation’s founding documents, they have no way of appreciating the significance of each brush stroke, the choice of capitalization and the use of punctuation. In short, by failing to educate in the basics, including in mastery of cursive, public schools are distancing generations of Americans from their own history. Rather than ensuring that youth are strongly connected to the original principles that define what it means to be an American, public schools are distancing youth from those principles and American history. Without a grounding in our nation’s past, Americans fail to appreciate the struggle for freedom and the need to participate in that struggle in our time.
Although there are many overt examples of texts now circulating in public schools that disparage America’s past and propound a modern day liberal message as dogma, the less subtle techniques of disabling youth from mastering those skills required to gain a direct and intimate appreciation for their past, such as failing to teach cursive, magnify the misperceptions and unthinking dependence on liberal dogma.
Once in college, then, it is common for these same youth to be taught the falsehood that the United States is an imperialistic power that exploits other nations for its own economic and political benefit. The founding generation is maligned as white racists who established an American ruling class that benefited property owners and discriminated against all others. These simplistic and misguided views of the world, through the lens of modern liberal dogma, deprive young Americans of a clear understanding of the true principles of the American republic and of the universally uplifting power of free enterprise. They also discredit the rich ideological underpinnings of our nation’s founding principles, which are truly revolutionary in establishing defense of liberty as the only legitimate objective of good government and as establishing the individual as sovereign.
In short, public education quite often achieves the ill objective of tearing down the great foundational constructs that define American exceptionalism in the world, while simultaneously breeding a guilt complex born of ignorance: that it is the duty of America to repent for its wealth and achievement by destroying the institutions that bring about its exceptionalism and by redistributing wealth not only at home but also from America to the world. These acts of misguided repentance bleed the nation, leaving it anemic and vulnerable. Nothing could be more corrosive to the core values of the United States or more apt to transform its system of government into totalitarian forms.
To be strong at home and abroad requires the inculcation of a love of this nation and a belief in its long history of exceptionalism. Pride in our country’s founding principles is not only a virtue, it is a necessity, and it comes about only through a solid education in our history and achievements. The abandonment of cursive is but one profoundly consequential means that distances generations of Americans from their glorious and rich history of freedom.
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there are many overt examples of texts now circulating in public schools
that disparage America’s past and propound a modern day liberal
message as dogma, the less subtle techniques of disabling youth from
mastering those skills required to gain a direct and intimate appreciation
for their past, such as failing to teach cursive, magnify the misperceptions
and unthinking dependence on liberal dogma.