Today's children and young adults often cannot read handwriting. During the past 20 years or so, schools have been deemphasizing the skill. Many school districts are adopting something called the Common Core Curriculum, which eliminates cursive outright. The theory is that cursive is obsolete. Apparently, most writing — including class notes — is being done on laptops.
That's great for today's notes, but how does one read old notes?
Gene Weingarten addresses the question in an article in the Washington Post Magazine at http://goo.gl/8m3Hs.
My thanks to newsletter reader Edward Barnard for telling me about this story.