I really love the idea of this. A friend was remarking about kids and their handwriting in response to a recent blog about stereoscope and cabinet cards, and while agreeing with her I decided to look up whether cursive was still being taught in schools. Turns out the answer is yes and no, and depending upon who you read, it’s a major source of consternation. There’s even a World Handwriting Contest (formerly the Annual American Handwriting Competition and The World Handwriting Achievement Contest). If you read through this web page, and get out your reading glasses because the font size is exceedingly small, you will see that there are several categories, many of which weren’t even contested last year because of a lack of entries.
So I challenge everyone who reads this to start practicing and write the required text (which is very thoughtful) and enter the contest. If you make it to the bottom web page, you’ll find that it’s a matter of consistency and uniformity rather than exacting detail of a particular type of script or handwriting. In fact, I think they were promoting a mixed-use style; something that would prove different and fun but easy to read.
The text to enter…..
HANDWRITING: that action of emotion, of thought, and of decision that has recorded the history of mankind, revealed the genius of invention, and disclosed the inmost depths of the soulful heart. It gives ideas tangible form through letters, pictographs, symbols, and signs. Handwriting forges a bond across millennia and generations that not only ties us to the thoughts and deeds of our forebears, but also serves as an irrevocable link to our humanity. Neither machines nor technology can replace or equal the contribution or continuing importance of this inexpensive portable skill. Necessary in every age, handwriting remains just as vital to the enduring saga of civilization as our next breath. By, Michael Sull