I'm working on cover letters now to various jobs. In France, they have to be handwritten in cursive.
I don't write anything by hand anymore that isn't just for me, and it's never, never, never in cursive. It's useless and ugly. Typing's the
Sheesh. (I should mention that I'm still bitter that I had to miss activity and snack time in third grade to be pulled aside for remedial penmanship education.)
The worst part? They want it handwritten because a lot of these places (definitely not all) use handwriting analysis to judge job candidates. Yeah. Seriously. Why not ask my birthdate and hire me based on where Mercury was when I was born? It'd save me some time.
Because the only thing a handwriting analyst will see here is that I forgot most of the capital letters and that it's taking me 50 minutes a letter, just to recopy (after I translate, which is another boatload of time).
School's are phasing out cursive education because it's useless. The biggest lie I was ever told was that I'd have to always write in cursive after the third grade. Well, I don't. And I write a lot.
I do need to respond to that old Washington Post article:
Many educators shrug. Stacked up against teaching technology, foreign languages and the material on standardized tests, penmanship instruction seems a relic, teachers across the region say. But academics who specialize in writing acquisition argue that it's important cognitively, pointing to research that shows children without proficient handwriting skills produce simpler, shorter compositions, from the earliest grades.
Without even knowing what studies are being discussed (because the article doesn't mention them), I wonder how much of that correlation is caused simply because handwriting skills and writing skills stem both from another ability? There isn't enough there to prove causation.
Personally, though, I'd rather think that the link is that kids who write cursive poorly are discouraged from writing because it's harder to write, harder to read, slower, and completely pointless if someone already knows how to print neatly.
Besides, I was the worst kid in my third grade class when it came to penmanship, and I don't think I have trouble turning out long compositions with complex sentences now.