I’ll admit it: handwriting has never been my strong suit. Ask any of my teachers, my parents or really anyone who knows me and they will tell you that my handwriting takes on the image of a cross between English and Chinese characters.
Still, I can sign my own name…
In our world of ever-increasing technological reliance, some kids (and even adults) have become unable to sign their own name as cursive has become so routinely disregarded in schools.
According to a report in the New York Post, even children of New York lawmakers cannot sign their name and must rely upon printing their names, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft and unable to sign contracts and forms.
New York Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said that she was made aware of the issue when she had attempted to help an adult fill-out a voter registration form. The man printed his name and claimed that that was his signature- a “signature” that anyone can reproduce by simply printing the name of the man.
Harlem legislator Herman “Denny” Farrell also claimed that his 11-year-old daughter cannot sign her name.
“And she’s smarter than me,” Farrell said of his daughter who attends a Harlem area private school. “They don’t teach it. I’m going to go home now and teach her handwriting.”
LeRoy Comrie, a senator from Queens, also claimed that his son couldn’t do it.
Common Core curriculums do not require that students learn cursive.
This is all-at-once shocking, sad and yet, unsurprising. While it is simply undeniable that cursive writing does not hold the value it once did in society as we become more reliant upon technology, it is truly remarkable that the very basics are no longer taught and the Department of Education can so routinely fail students.
Perhaps if the Department of Education was a bit less preoccupied with advancing liberal interpretations of tolerance and the need for radical concepts of social justice, administrators would have more time to teach the very basics to today’s kids.