Ironically, the arrival of the iPad and other tablet-like devices, plus touchscreen smartphones, are providing a means to use handwriting and technology together. New educational games for those devices could be used to teach cursive to children as a game.
In an age when people are not writing personal notes on paper, where email, eCards, texting, and Facebook messages have replaced the art of written communication, I treasure the handwritten cards and letters I received over the years.
At Mountaineer Montessori in Charleston, teacher Sharon Spencer tells children in her class: “In the age of computers, what if we are on a desert island and don’t have electricity? One of the ways we communicate is through writing.”