How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

My Object Lessons essay, “How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive“, is now up at The Atlantic.  (Woot!)

I’ll likely be posting some follow-up thoughts and photos that didn’t get used for the piece here later.  (I will read comments here but if you have a real rebuttal you’re waiting to pull out, might as well wait until my next blog post.)

Edit: For all of you wondering why I even thought this was worth writing about, a) you should probably read all the way to the last paragraph, and b) you should read this older stream-of-thought post where I connect my thoughts on cursive to other areas of teaching and learning.

Also, huh, my essay topped The Atlantic’s “Most Popular” list for the better part of the weekend. Thanks Internet! Apparently I’m not the only one wondering what happened to their writing style.

4 thoughts on “How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive”

  1. I really enjoyed this article. I was curious about one thing by the time I was done… What pen do YOU use? 😉

    I love my fountain pen, and also play around with a dip pen and various quills, too. I read that you are an artist. Do you use a pen in your art?

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