It's a teacher's job to discipline kids when they act out, but is writing your name in cursive really "acting out"?? The internet has reacted strongly to the graded homework assignment of a 7-year-old girl named Alyssa from Kansas, who received a harsh message in red pen from her teacher. It reads:
Stop writing your name in cursive. You have had several warnings.
Yikes! Alyssa's mom, who lives in Kansas, apparently taught her daughter to write in the ancient art of cursive, probably without realizing it would elicit rage from her teacher. She shared a photo of the graded homework assignment with her friend, who shared it on Facebook.
The photo has since been shared nearly a million times and received a number of angry comments from parents. One commenter wrote: "Best of luck to any teacher who writes this on my children's papers!"
Cursive may be on its way out of style, but it seems like an odd thing to warrant such a severe warning. Then again, we don't know the back story. Maybe the sight of cursive triggers bad memories for the teacher, who, like many of us, never quite mastered the loopy writing. Or maybe she was just having a really bad day.
Either way, little kids should probably be celebrated, not punished, for hand writing anything at all. Most of us adults can barely hold a pen anymore.