Graham H. Wilson: Elegant writing lost

April 27, 2013 

Elegant writing lost

All of the recent discussion and debate over the requirement to teach cursive writing to North Carolina students has missed a critical and somewhat sentimental point in the importance of this quickly disappearing skill.

My sisters and I recently came across several stacks of letters as we were going through our deceased parents’ things; letters written to our Dad while he was serving in the Navy during World War II, letters our mother wrote to us in college and our early careers and other letters all of us had written to each other through the years. All were written in each person’s beautiful and elegant long-hand.

I would hate for my future grandchildren not to have the ability to read those wonderful letters down the road. Without learning cursive, those letters would be nothing but “hieroglyphics” to them. How sad.

Graham H. Wilson

Apex

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