I can't remember how to write a capital Z in cursive. The rest of my letters are shaky and stiff, my words slanted in all directions. It's not for lack of trying. In grade school I was one of those insufferable girls who used pink pencils and dotted their i's with little circles. I experimented with different scripts, and for a brief period I even took the time to make two-story a's, with the fancy overhang used in most fonts (including this magazine's). But everything I wrote, I wrote in print. I am a member of Gen Y, the generation that shunned cursive. And now there is a group coming after me, a boom of tech-savvy children who don't remember life before the Internet and who text-message nearly as much as they talk. They have even less need for good penmanship. We are witnessing the death of handwriting....
I recently had to start relearning how to print in capital and lower case letters for the employment position that I currently hold. Up until recently I have been printing in all capoital letters. But after getting back into using capital and lower case letters it all came back from my childhood how to print in capital and lower case letters.
My penmanship is terrible. I have taken several standardized tests over the years and many of them do have a writing element. If the graders can't read the hand writing, print or cursive, that section of the test will be returned ungraded and will have to be repeated. Outside of school, I don't see much use for excellent handwriting, but it is pretty to look at.
As far as lefties such as myself are concerned, goodbye and good riddance! I went out of way to learn to type, in the days of manual typewriters, to be rid of doing handwriting. I will add, everyone who saw my handwriting then or now cheered/cheers my decision to learn how to type!