LAFAYETTE – The story about my personal cursive writing demons is a bit worn by now.
Then again, so is state Sen. Jean Leising’s (R-Oldenburg) annual effort to force Indiana’s schools to loop cursive writing skills into their curriculum, as seen in this week’s filing of Senate Bill 8.
So, I guess we’re even.
My story, dating back to the days when posters illustrating the proper flow of a cursive alphabet were standard issue above blackboards of Wedgwood Elementary, involves the career counseling of Mrs. Jasin, my fourth-grade teacher.
The prescription-pad font my hand produced, barely legible no matter how many practice worksheets she piled on my desk, had her convinced I was destined to be a doctor. She couldn’t abide my lack of care and finesse, sure that my means of written communication would be lost on everyone but those wise in the ways of deciphering a physician’s scratch at the drug store counter.