A typical school goer is taught cursive writing at an early grade of Grade 2. The failure of the teacher in teaching the right strokes of writing in this stage will be a big disadvantage in the part of the pupil, especially when that pupil pursues Teaching in the future. The curse of the ugly cursive handwriting will be passed on to another generation.
Good thing my teacher in Grade 2 before was an effective one. She has taught me well on how to write with the proper strokes. Maybe my mother's good handwriting was a factor, too. (hahaha)
I have been well acquainted with cursive since our Grade 6 teacher before would require us to write the letters of the alphabet on a whole piece of intermediate paper. One paper should be filled with one letter, writing it over and over again. In high school, the torture stopped. But our English teachers were so particular with cursive writing that I have to recall what I was taught before. I graduated high school after four years of hard work (not really) and I completely thought that was the end of it all. Yet again, I thought wrong.
Now that I am a fourth year Education student already, history seemed to have repeated itself. Is this really what taking the Education course all about? But I have to endure. I have to write in cursive again, hold a pencil again, stay up late for the sake of writing, and have a swollen finger after filling up the whole paper. Whoa! Ces't la vie!
The stroke above, the Palmer Method, is exactly what we are following now. Hopefully, by the end of the semester and the school year, we, the Education students, shall all have the same cursive penmanship.