Handwriting experts fear that the wild popularity of e-mail and IM, particularly among kids, could erase cursive writing within a few decades. With 90 percent of Americans between the ages of 5 and 17 using computers, it’s not uncommon for kids to type 20-30 WPM by the time they leave elementary school. Keyboards, joysticks and cell-phone touch pads have ruined kids’ ability to hold a pencil properly, let alone write legibly, says the former president of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting.

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