CharterFolk Short – What Happens When Cursive Becomes Discursive

Good morning, CharterFolk.

I’m sure by now many of you have heard about the big education news in California.

Policy makers have mandated the teaching of cursive to all public school students from grades 1-6.

Call it the “one scrawl fits all” law.

The urgent need to improve penmanship in the Golden State was underscored by the illegibility of the signatory’s chicken scratch …

… and by the fact that the bill was passed on a 79-0 vote in California’s Assembly.

Such unanimous votes, as we all know, are extremely rare in the highly polarized political environment we live in these days, and only tend to happen over matters of grave societal interest, such as when the Assembly recently addressed the pressing need to provide more Zoom options …

… for when Fido has fleas.

Now Pennsylvania’s getting in on the act.

In fact, there’s a big new policy push happening across the entire nation right now.

Some refer to it as “Race to the Inkwell.”

With new states lining up every day to address our national John Hancock crisis.

I know. 

I know.

I should be less flippant. 

There are actually many serious people who are serious about this. And I know that learning cursive can be a great thing for many kids.

But passing legislation?

Mandating six years of it?

At every school?

Unanimously?

When historic problems in public education go completely unaddressed everyday?

This is what happens, CharterFolk, when cursive becomes discursive.

When education policy making becomes completely beside the point.