Cursive writing is making a comeback. Why?

Published December 19, 2019


A story in the New York Times about a resurgence of interest in teaching children to write cursive, including a legislative proposal mandating it in New Jersey, quotes Tamara Plakins Thornton, UB history professor and author of “Handwriting in America: A Cultural History,” who says the pendulum tends to swing back to studying cursive during times of cultural upheaval. She said: “Cursive — it’s all about following rules. Whenever the present looks scary and the future looks worse, we tend to want to go running back to the past.”

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