Is cursive handwriting even a valid skill anymore? A sentimental Boston Globe article explores this rapidly atrophying communication method, and discovers, although it has its fans, it's essentially going extinct.

In today's world, this seems logical – formal cursive handwriting just doesn't seem necessary when so much communication is done via keyboard entered text. Even schools are phasing out penmanship. The Globe reports that A 2007 US Department of Education study shows nine out of 10 teachers only devote an average of 70 minutes per week to the teaching of handwriting.

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