Sandra left the following comment to my post about cursive handwriting:
I can give you a specific example. Last year, I wrote end-of-semester notes to each of my students in my fairly neat, but definitely cursive, handwriting. One of my 9th grade students had to ask another student to read it to him because he had never learned to read cursive.
It also bothers me that such students will not be able to read important documents like the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution in their original form. Granted, these documents are certainly available (and more easily read) in typed form, but I think we lose a vital link with our history when our children need an interpreter to read our founding documents.
So we see, Sandra is worried that not learning how to write in cursive means not being able to read cursive, and consequently this will somehow harm people's understanding of the Constitution.
The bigger problem, Sandra, is that few Americans have even bothered to read the Constitution at all, and those few who read it certainly don't try to understand it, and if they understand it they ignore it.
The Constitution isn't supposed to be a museum piece, it's supposed to define the laws of the United States. And the system of government set up by the Constitution, where the government of the United States is one of limited enumerated powers (per Article II Section 8), and powers not granted to the United States remain with the state governments (per Amendment X), is ignored and not followed.
If the original Constitution is such a bad document that it's not worthy of being followed anymore, then why does it matter if people can't easily read it in its original handwritten form? (I use the word "easily" because I'm sure that a bright person who had a desire to read old documents but never had cursive writing in the third grade would be able to figure it out.)
None of the responses to my post about cursive writing really make any sense. I think the responses reflect a basic human failing, that people illogically hang on to tradition.