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    06-29-2013, 01:08 PM
Is cursive writing dead

This article struck a chord with me as I stopped using cursive right after graduating from high school. You see I'm a lefty so my loops don't look right and my hand drags through the writing smearing it. Between those two problems my cursive was so hard to read even I sometimes struggled re reading what I wrote. It was even worse when I hurried and did not take time to make my writing look neat, like when taking notes in class. Matter of fact I finally realized my hand writing was seriously impacting my grades (no teacher was ever kind enough to mention it to me) so I took typing my Junior year, grades on papers immediately jumped from C/D to A/B because of that simple change.

Even worse, it's been so long since I've had to write out more than a sentence on paper that I've recently discovered that my block writing skills have seriously degraded over time and are approaching un readable. Everything and I mean everything is done on the key board these days.

Is it time to kill off cursive writing as a requirement?

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    06-29-2013, 01:33 PM
In a sense, yes. I'm 19 and I write in strictly cursive. My boyfriend (21) cannot even read it. I had teachers in high school that requested me to write in print because they could barely read it and it's clear and neat. My print is awful, so I stick with cursive.

ETA: forgot the most important bit! I believe it should still be taught. Maybe I'm just biased, though. I think it's a beautiful form of art that is slowly dying.
I still to this day practice my penmanship!
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    06-29-2013, 01:44 PM
Green Broke
My husband ( in his 50's) cannot read cursive-if I leave a note I have to print it. In today's world I'm sure he would be labeled dyslexic. Also he really struggles w/spelling. I don't think he was taught w/phonics. I remember practicing penmanship in the early grades,& writing letters till I was in my 40's. Today it's almost all email. I don't text, but some of my friends do. They know to phone or email me-LOL.
    06-29-2013, 01:49 PM
Yes, Virginia, it IS dead. However, I think it will make a resurgence since public school students cannot read it, and those of us who know HOW to read/write cursive can use it as code. LEET isn't understood, either. Something else to consider if you are young and interested. They still sell Gregg shorthand books. I own two and always meant to learn it. This is what was used by 19th century newspaper men to quickly quote people for their articles.
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    06-29-2013, 01:50 PM
I have a feeling this will be my new favorite thread on HF
    06-29-2013, 02:13 PM
Green Broke
Corporal this is for you:
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    06-29-2013, 02:14 PM
I don't write in cursive. Even though I was taught cursive in school, I couldn't ever get it neat enough to my satisfaction. My print, however, is very neat. I have big, round handwriting that everyone can read.
    06-29-2013, 02:16 PM
Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
I don't write in cursive. Even though I was taught cursive in school, I couldn't ever get it neat enough to my satisfaction. My print, however, is very neat. I have big, round handwriting that everyone can read.

Whenever I see handwriting like you've described, I think of high school girls LOL
    06-29-2013, 03:21 PM
I write in cursive sometimes, but generally I find block letters neater and more effective for my purposes. I don't have a particular opinion on whether it should continue to be taught, but...

I wonder how the look of future generations signatures will change if cursive ceases to be taught? Most people I know sign their name in some sort of cursive-esque writing. Just a thought...
    06-29-2013, 03:31 PM
Yeah, my signature is the only time I use cursive anymore but even then it's only kinda sorta recognizable. But that's going away too, more and more I'm asked by work for electronic signatures.

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