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Rid the world of the curse of cursive writing

A Skinner North Classical School student practices writing the cursive alphabet during fifth grade literacy teacher Crystal Oswald's cursive-writing class in Chicago. File. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
A Skinner North Classical School student practices writing the cursive alphabet during fifth grade literacy teacher Crystal Oswald's cursive-writing class in Chicago. File. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune) (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

There has been a recent suggestion to re-introduce cursive writing into the school system. Please don’t (“Don’t lower the reading standards, raise the classroom instruction,” Nov. 5)! During the 85 years that I have lived on this planet, I have endured and suffered through the cursive jungle of indistinguishable words. It is now a pleasure to receive a communication that I can read and edit on my computer.

Leave the dexterity of the fingers to painting and drawing pictures. Twenty-first century digital communication is optimal. Please don’t touch it!

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John Holter, Baltimore

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