Kids used to be the only ones with an excuse for awful penmanship. The idea of all that cursive practice, though, was that you would improve your handwriting.
Awful penmanship used to be unacceptable (unless you had someone to write for you). There were no word processors, no typesets, no ‘Times New Roman’ font readily available to anyone with a printer. So people learned how to write. Now people don’t have to learn how to write, and awful penmanship is the standard.
These photos of hilarious cakes show how awful penmanship has made its mark.