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May 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM

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Roosevelt High School students get refresher on cursive writing

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Cursive a craft and skill we can’t lose

Editor, The Times:

It is astonishing and sad to read that today’s students find cursive writing “too slow” [“Teacher reintroduces the lost art of cursive,” page one, May 24].

As a child of the 1950s, my cursive is not nearly as elegant as that of my elders who were schooled early in the 20th century. But it certainly is far faster and far easier on my hand than block printing.

My son, now out of high school, can barely write cursive, having had a third-grade teacher who had “more important” things to do than teach handwriting. There are some things that should always be taught, no matter how good technology gets. Doing arithmetic without a calculator and cursive writing are among them.

We should all know how to do these things.

— Linda Atkins, Enumclaw

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