Do you have children? Please do me a favor and teach them cursive writing and how to use a fountain pen. I know phones and DocuSign are all the rage, but these basic skills should never die out.

Not that I'm aware of, but that's the excuse most people go to when I raise this concern. Between cursive and the Oxford comma, I'm willing to die on this hill.

@JohnsNotHere People use Docusign as a reason people "no longer" have to learn to sign their name?

I'm very very very sad now.

Yes. I've had HR people say that the signature is dead since everything is electronic now, so physical signaturs aren't as important. I teach part-time and I can see some of my students struggle with their signature. I gave them a fountain pen today to sign with and melted a few brains...

@JohnsNotHere Not sure the fountain pen is 100% necessary, but enough cursive to sign your name should be mandatory to graduate the 5th grade.

You're right, it's a personal choice but I feel it does help with positioning and stroke.

@JohnsNotHere I don't have kids. But I know they usually no longer teach it in US schools anymore. When I found out I asked the same thing: how do you sign stuff? But then again how many kids would know how to use a paper map?

Sad but true. They stopped teaching cursive here in Ontario years ago. This is why my kids have Pelican Twist pens and lots of lined paper...

@JohnsNotHere my now nearly 19 year old son does not know how to read or write cursive. I feel shame.

@JohnsNotHere it’s bizarre. To him, cursive is like a foreign language that he doesn’t understand.

@JohnsNotHere I think this may be a North American thing, in the UK kids are taught cursive script from 5/6 in most schools, some leave it until they are are around 7/8, but that is late. It's a strange thing to think an entire generation can't join letters (coming from a dyslexic who can't join letters!)

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