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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.

@r000t
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.

@r000t
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.

@r000t
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?

@woland
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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