To the Editor:

The quill, fragile and prone to splattering, had limitations.

Along with the lead pencil, it was one of the two primary ways to write letters in the centuries before the ink pen was created.

During recent centuries, cursive's continuous paper contact solved the problem for all young schoolchildren through out all their lower grade level years.

Cursive was a daily part of the classroom activity and was taught by all teachers who had a first-hand knowledge.

They were adamant all students follow the charts that hung up over the blackboards at the front of all classrooms. All teachers had an integral part in teaching cursive to the children.

There was to be change in the air, however, because during the 1900s, block-print supplanted it gradually until it completely took over.

With this new style, block print, cursive slid from lower-grade classes to the third grade by the mid-20th century.

Eighty-eight percent of the elementary teachers felt under-trained to teach cursive because the system got lazy and did not require them to learn cursive or teach it anymore.

A 2010 survey shows 85 percent of collegians printed when they wrote, which hints the core values of teaching cursive had fallen by the wayside.

The educational system of things got lazy at the national, state and local levels. Schools adopted the common core state standards, which I believe were created by people in the educational system who tried to think.

They had typing skills available in this new age, as well as digital tools for writing in this new age.

Cursive was left out on the street corner to fend for itself when the newfangled inventions should have been the ones on the shelf while students were being taught value.

Cursive is very fast becoming a lost art.

Yet it is still a requirement for numerous things in our lives to this day, and it will be a necessity for many years to come.

Writing in any fashion may be at risk soon and it is all because the educational system got lazy because of modern technology.

Children are being left out in the cold on so many important issues that pertain to our nation and to society today.

I believe by the year 2020, they will have no knowledge of their country and they will have no true values instilled in them, period.

I would dare say the vast majority of students in the school system in this nation today, from the mid-grade levels through high school graduation could not even tell you the names of all the presidents, or the states and their capitals.

Living in society today should not be all about technology and taking the short cut.

It should be about teaching learned values and not depending on the electrical necessity of today.

Society is going to be left behind because of this. Mark my words.

Jeffrey B. McBreairty

New Milford