July 13, 2011
And as Indiana goes, well, you can probably write off the rest of the country.
If not the world.
In case you missed it, the Indiana Department of Education announced they're not teaching handwriting anymore.
Instead of cursive writing, they'll be replacing it with typing.
According to the Department, the handwriting in the schools was atrocious anyway.
Cursive — remember those cursed practice loops you used to make — is any style of handwriting designed for writing quickly by hand.
It comes from the Latin cursivus, meaning "flowing."
It supposedly goes back to Ancient Mesopotamia in 3,000 BC, where Iraq now stands, and is usually credited with the invention of writing.
Outside of your signature, and "If it's not too much trouble, please pick up celery, carrots, kosher salt, not sea salt, soy milk, (vanilla), extra large all natural vegetarian fed hen eggs, and a seeded rye bread," let's look at why we need writing for.
(It's not easy playing the Devil's Advocate.)
Colleges are now phasing out the Blue Book essay test, which will soon be replaced with "Fill in the box."
Although I'm not sure if one can ever replace an inked, "Thank you for the lovely six inch whisk; it will fit perfectly in our state of the art new kitchen."
And a handwritten, "This is a stickup, be calm and nobody will get hurt," is always a nice personal touch.
Amidst all the Sturm and Drang of the world we used to know evaporating, the question of the day is does Indiana have a point?
Or is using a point becoming pointless?