When future generations view cursive handwriting, it may be as foreign to them as ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. How has this once so pertinent piece of handwriting seemingly disappeared over the years?
There’s no doubt about it – technology has its hand dipped in virtually all educational realms, from everyday lesson plans to newly adaptive educational furniture. While technology certainly brings new life into all areas, it is silently killing cursive handwriting.
When picturing a typical school day in the past, students would diligently take notes at their school desks and teachers would sit at their office desk hand-correcting tests. Today, classroom furniture is hooked up to iPads for students to type notes, and opposed to a messy teacher’s office desk covered with papers, laptops neatly access tests that students just submitted online.
This may be reading loud and clear – cursive is being replaced with technology. Many schools across the country are quickly dropping the instruction of cursive, believing our future demands higher intelligence in computer knowledge and typing.
Switching gears a bit, the slow disappearance of handwriting has also affected school furniture suppliers over the years in ways you haven’t thought of. Sure, furniture for schools has become more tech savvy and school office furniture now comes equipped with various places to plug in. However, now that students use less handwriting space to dot their i’s and cross their t’s, educational furniture is adapting accordingly. If you’ve done your homework, you may notice that classroom furniture has taken on smaller working surfaces and a sleeker, cleaner look. Here’s a quick example from one of our biggest primary school furniture suppliers.
At OstermanCron we have to admit that we love this new look, and we’re excited that technology is undoubtedly going to continue changing the game and moving forward. Cursive on the other hand, that’s another story. Only time will tell if it will be truly be “written” off.