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post #31 of 38 Old 07-04-2013, 02:50 PM
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My boys are 17 and 15, they were not taught cursive writing in school ( they went to both private and public school). When their grandparents and great grandparents send them birthday cards we have to read it to them!
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post #32 of 38 Old 07-04-2013, 03:01 PM
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It would be a shame if basic handwriting disappeared altogether but stuff done on a computer is so much more legible and you get all the spell check and grammar features - and then that becomes a worry in itself as you rely on it too much
I can remember that we had to pretty much print stuff at school that was going to be marked/assessed as if the examiner or teacher couldn't read it you scored a zero, a lot of people were getting very arty and creative with their handwriting and some looked like scribble
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I can remember that we had to pretty much print stuff at school that was going to be marked/assessed as if the examiner or teacher couldn't read it you scored a zero, a lot of people were getting very arty and creative with their handwriting and some looked like scribble
Again, it takes discipline to practice and perfect the writing. My teachers solved that problem..while they wouldn't give a zero, they simply handed whatever it was back and you had to redo it. You learned very quickly to make it neat and legible as you didn't have the time to redo every assignment.

When I was in grammar school we also had penmanship classes and were actually graded on penmanship on our report cards...just like phonics I think those have gone by the wayside.
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I think they are going to stop teaching cursive in school. My cousin, who's a teacher, told me that (along with other scary rumors, like iPads becoming standard issue to high school students). Kids aren't going to be able to write at all sooner or later.

I learned to write in cursive in second grade and I've used it ever since. My printing is awkward and ugly, but I get compliments on my cursive all the time. And no one's ever complained that they couldn't read it.

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Jessabel, that's true. Many of the schools around here already supply each high school student with a laptop computer (they have to turn it in at the end of the year and if they break/lose it, they buy it, just like books) and some even do the I-pads to junior high and some grade school. Like you said, someday they will likely cease to teach writing altogether and everything will be done with typing.

Sucks for them, because someday, when all this technology comes crashing down, they aren't going to have any other skills.
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I actually like the idea of handing out electronics instead of text books... Maybe something a little less 'fun' like an E-Reader but it makes a lot of sense to me.
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I was taught handwriting at school from kindergarten to grade 5, both print and cursive. My handwriting, both print and cursive, is neat and legible - though my style in cursive is very loopy and I prefer to use the old-fashioned s's meaning some people do struggle if they're not used to it. At school, we can bring our own but are not supplied with laptops and most of our work is still done by hand in books (although that's changing very quickly at the moment.) Most of the kids at my school have very good handwriting. All of our tests are done by hand so we can all write quickly as well as neatly.

However, my friend who goes to a different school where they use laptops for pretty much everything says she's really noticed her handwriting going down the drain once they stopped writing. In my opinion, this is a shame because I think writing is important and an art, and also handwritten things are just more special than an email.

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post #38 of 38 Old 07-07-2013, 06:56 AM
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I've always used cursive! My whole family uses cursive writing. The majority of people I know use it. :)
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