I am so sorry to see what will probably be the death knell for cursive writing in the schools (Dec. 21 editorial, "Don't let cursive die"). I hope Utah is not among the 46 states planning to discontinue cursive writing after this year. I have seen the writing of young people out of high school that is not legible; it is neither printing nor cursive.
The way young people hold their pens certainly does nothing to promote any kind of legible writing. They curl their hands around the pen and hang on for dear life. This is also how it's done by young tellers in financial institutions.
I grew up in Ogden and attended Ogden schools where cursive writing was taught. In those days, parents also considered it their job to help their children with school work. My parents took particular interest my cursive writing, and they would make sure I was writing correctly, but what if they had never learned cursive themselves?
It's no wonder cursive writing is no longer important. I recently saw an advertisement for a book of instruction for the "language" of texting. It is written for parents so they can communicate with their children. Can someone tell me what is wrong with this picture?
Jessie Bishop Lewis