TDQ: School districts around the country are eliminating teaching cursive, with the logic that no one will use script in the future, everyone will type or text. As an English teacher, do you think that actually writing a story or assignment with a pen and paper is fundamental to becoming a better writer/student, or do you agree that if they’re going to type so much, to hell with teaching cursive?
Haffner: Ha. Good question. I wouldn’t say the actual act of putting pen to paper on a regular basis is going to make a person a better writer, per se (I haven’t used the phrase “per se” in a long time and, looking at it now, I’m realizing I need to use it more often), but it’s still important. If for no other reason, the lack of funds being appropriated to public schools these days almost ensures that kids are going to continue to get an education that’s totally and utterly devoid of current technological devices. They need to learn to write so I can stop grading 150 essays that I swear are written in Sanskrit.