The ballpoint killed cursive? Maybe

Another proponent of fountain pens to teach handwriting, but it was a long enough time between the introduction of the ballpoint and the decline of teaching penmanship in schools to attribute it to the ballpoint.  It seems more likely to me that it was more due to the move to keyboards.

How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

Thicker ink, fewer smudges, and more strained hands: an Object Lesson

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/ballpoint-pens-object-lesson-history-handwriting/402205/

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