The week's best parenting advice: September 27, 2022

The end of cursive, what to do when your child won't go to school, and more

Cursive.
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1. The end of cursive

Cursive no longer holds a place in most K-12 school curricula, and all of us will suffer the effects, writes Drew Gilpin Faust in The Atlantic. The inability to read cursive means his students can't read manuscripts, and can only take on research projects that they rely on published sources, rather than handwritten letters or manuscripts. They also struggle to decipher notes from their professors or letters from grandparents. If this trend continues, the thrill of interacting "with the physical embodiment of thoughts and ideas voiced by a person long since silenced by death," will become a privilege of trained translators, writes Gilpin Faust. "The inability to read handwriting deprives society of direct access to its own past."

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