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        06-29-2013, 08:28 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    For many people it needs to go away. Purpose of writing is to communicate from one person to another, people either get overly artistic or sloppy makiing it unreadable. Of course then they get all offended if you tell them it sucks. I've made a couple doctors /nurse/ medical people rewrite things in my medical records back before they were all digital. Inexcusable to scribble some crap in my records I may need in 20 years.
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        06-29-2013, 08:57 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    I prefer it, I make my way through reams of paper with it, and prefer to use a fountain pen. Personally I think it should be taught and I get irritated if people complain that they can't read it, particularly because my writing is unusually neat for cursive writing. And being left handed is no excuse not to do it, I learned to speak read, and write Arabic (which can only be written in cursive actually), and Im right handed and manage not to smudge ink and mess up the letters.
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        06-29-2013, 09:10 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    ... I can't write in print.

    I can only write cursive. I can read print just fine. But to write it, it takes a lot of focus.

    My cursive is pretty neat and easy to read. Few people have problems with it. Except the capital letters. No one knows a thing about cursive capital letters.
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        06-29-2013, 09:28 PM
      #24
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    I have a hard time reading cursive, I can write well, I was taught to read it, but it just isn't an 'essential skill' anymore, and personally I don't think it should be. I get irritated if someone hands me something important written in cursive- it isn't what is 'familiar' so it obviously wont be a quick read.
         
        06-29-2013, 11:05 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    for many people it needs to go away. Purpose of writing is to communicate from one person to another, people either get overly artistic or sloppy makiing it unreadable. Of course then they get all offended if you tell them it sucks. I've made a couple doctors /nurse/ medical people rewrite things in my medical records back before they were all digital. Inexcusable to scribble some crap in my records I may need in 20 years.
    As mentioned my cursive is so sloppy as to be unreadable but my other half cursive is so fancy it's also unreadable in my opinion. I haven't been able to get her to see that because she's gotten so many compliments on it. I have to sit and study anything she writes to slowly decipher it.
         
        06-30-2013, 12:01 AM
      #26
    Trained
    My handwriting isn't very pretty, it is often a mix of print and cursive - but it is highly legible. I really dislike struggling to decipher someone else's scribble. I envy those that can write quickly and have beautiful handwriting. If they are going to teach it - they should at least emphasize "style", too!
         
        06-30-2013, 10:09 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    We were all taught in fourth grade and told that we would need it increasingly, having to use it a little in middle school and that teachers wouldn't accept work not done in cursive in High School. It wasn't hard to learn, but I do remember being faintly annoyed during the time period we were taught it.

    I have never, not once, had a teacher tell me that they wanted something written in cursive (barring signatures on tests and such), much less wouldn't accept an assignment if it wasn't written in it. I have had teachers ask us not to write in cursive.

    Honestly, I have forgotten much of what I was taught. I can write my signature and maybe guess at a few sentences.

    My handwriting isn't pretty either way.

    Honestly, I think that we shouldn't teach cursive in schools. Instead, we should make learning how to type mandatory at a young age. We had a required class in middle school, but it was too late for me by then- I still type in my odd, incorrect way.
         
        07-02-2013, 08:33 AM
      #28
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    My hand writing is awful. Its a combination between print and cursive. The cursive comes into play when I'm too lazy to lift the pen off the paper when writing and everything slurs together. No one can read it. There are times when I write something down, go back to it a day or two later and I have no idea what it says. If I need to write a memo to someone, I type it up and print it out. I can't remember the last time I actually wrote something of importance down for someone else to decipher. It can't be done.

    The way people communicate has changed so much over the years, I doubt they will be teaching cursive for much longer. Instead, it will be offered as an elective or college course. When I was in elementry I was taught how to type before cursive and I learned cursive in 2nd grade! I guess my school knew computers were the way to go.
         
        07-04-2013, 12:59 PM
      #29
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    Being old I write faster than I can type. I would hate that children were no longer taught 'joined up' writing, it can say so much about a person.
    Nothing can cheer majority of people more than receiving a personal hand written letter. I still write letters to friends and to a couple of life prisoners. Selfish reasons, it is because I enjoy getting a letter back!
         
        07-04-2013, 02:06 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Legible and neat cursive writing takes practice...taking notes fast or slow anyone can read my cursive and I get many compliments on my neat handwriting. The reason people hate cursive or can't read it because it is too sloppy is that people learn to write with it but don't practice in order to neaten it up..it takes discipline. Even worse than cursive these days is simple English grammar and spelling. Loose is NOT the same as lose yet people use them interchangeably. Rode is NOT the same as ridden..the horse is rode three times a week; no, the horse is RIDDEN three times a week. What is it, as well, with dropping plurals? It is thirteen CENTS, not thirteen cent.

    OK, rant over :)
         

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