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Bring penmanship back!

By not teaching cursive anymore, schools are doing their students a disservice.

    In response to the Perspectives column written by Michael Kanellos, "":

    Thank you, Michael, for finding that handwriting has importance.

    I'm a master's student in a speech language pathology program and have found that cursive writing does not exist. My nephew is 19 years old and prints. He never learned cursive.

    I've heard from friends of mine who are parents that schools shy away from instructing children in cursive writing, because each child has his or her own style. Isn't that what cursive writing is about? It gives each of us a unique identity.

    I received a newspaper clipping from my mother's newspaper in Wisconsin that spoke about this issue. It was entitled, "College entry tests raise penmanship questions," by Justin Pope of The Associated Press. It spoke of how the private Greenwich Country Day School replaced traditional writing with laptops.

    Now the school's junior high students are encountering problems taking the SATs, which now require a 25-minute essay. These children taking the SATs have not been instructed in penmanship. I think that it is time to put some pressure on the educators to teach cursive, because this helps with fine motor movements and encourages a child to have a personal identity and style through his or her own handwriting.

    I love receiving written letters and thank-yous, and I do write to friends in this manner. Most think it is wonderful that someone has taken the time to send them a letter and not just a quick e-mail.

    Denise Feirer
    Waterbury, Conn.