Whither Cursive?

This is just a question. It doesn’t pretend – or even aspire – to provide an answer. To what degree,  if any, does the popularity and utility of the fountain pen depend on cursive writing?

I think it’s worth saying that the decline in popularity of the fountain pen is now historic. Without exact figures to support it, I would say that the popularity of the fountain pen has stabilised. It may even be increasing slightly. Both modern and old fountain pens seem to be doing well.

Cursive writing, on the other hand, seems to be dying a death. In many schools it is no longer taught and it is the case that many younger people have difficulty reading it. Of course calligraphy, which includes versions of cursive script, is probably more popular than it has ever been but in a way that’s an irrelevance. Any style of writing can only be regarded as in good health if it is a commonly used means of communication.

Many younger people, when they write at all, seem to use a script somewhat similar to what they see on the printed page. It may or may not be easier to write in that fashion with a fountain pen, but ballpoints rule the roost, with other forms of nibless pens in a minority.

What do you think?

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2 thoughts on “Whither Cursive?

  1. In the UK , cursive writing is still part of the National Curriculum so should be taught in primary school however I think what has changed in schools is the balance in the amount of school work where cursive is not appropriate (labelling of diagrams and data visualisations for instance) and also the acceptance of printed material. So it’s not so much they aren’t taught it , rather they aren’t exposed to it in the same degree that earlier generations were (I’m a product of the 1960-70’s when we still had ink wells in school)

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