I think I was in 2nd or 3rd grade when we learned cursive handwriting. This felt like the first time in my academic life that the bar had been set high. I had terrible handwriting even in the regular version, cursive was a joke when it came to me writing it. People kept saying that when we got to 5th grade, they'd no longer take any paperwork that wasn't done in cursive. But 5th grade came and nothing happened. I never had to write in cursive since then (besides a signature), to the joy of the teachers who had to read my penmanship.