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Cursive writing: Lost art or useless skill?
South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | October 30, 2011 | Cara Fitzpatrick,

Posted on 10/30/2011 5:16:14 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

When asked for their John Hancock, future generations might print it in block letters or scrawl some scribbles across the page. But odds are, they won't sign their name in cursive.

They might not even be able to read it.

Cursive, with its graceful loops and perfectly joined letters, seems soon to join the typewriter, VCR player and flip-phone as relics of a past age. Keyboarding skills, not cursive, were included in the Common Core, a set of national academic standards adopted last year by more than 40 states, including Florida.

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u R kiddin' me. OMG.
1 posted on 10/30/2011 5:16:17 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

:-( I like cursive.


2 posted on 10/30/2011 5:19:19 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Pimp your blog for hits on Free Republic!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

LOL i know OMG WTF r they thinkin


3 posted on 10/30/2011 5:21:16 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: ConservativeStatement

The official name for it is “The Dumbing Down of America”. We’re all morons now.


4 posted on 10/30/2011 5:22:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Meh, the kids will learn to curse all on their own. We always did.


5 posted on 10/30/2011 5:23:20 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Useless skill.

I grew up in the 60s, and other than signing my name, I’ve never used cursive for anything.

It’s going the way of analog clocks. A relic of an earlier age.


6 posted on 10/30/2011 5:25:06 PM PDT by Brookhaven (I believe in the seperation of school and state)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Being a southpaw in a small rural school with a teacher that was convinced I could be “trained” to use my right hand caused me to detest penmanship lessons.

Sometimes I’d go home with a hand that looked like I was wearing a catcher’s mitt because every time she saw me trying to sneak the pencil into my left hand, she’s smack it with a long ruler.

(I still hate that woman).

Learning how to type in seventh grade saved my life. I still have the most atrocious handwriting you have ever seen, but put me in front of a keyboard and my mind soars free.


7 posted on 10/30/2011 5:26:27 PM PDT by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My signature is in cursive, and of course I can write in cursive. I wrote millions of words while I was studying. However these days I rarely find the need to write. Most of modern written communication is electronic. I have a notebook in the car, for writing things down in the field, but that’s about it. The reason is simple - written notes are of little value; often they can’t even be read by others.


8 posted on 10/30/2011 5:27:19 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: ConservativeStatement
I learned "Spencerian."

I was homeschooled though, and I've already lost the skill.

Use it or lose it.

9 posted on 10/30/2011 5:28:20 PM PDT by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Our kids can’t read so why should we expect them to write.


10 posted on 10/30/2011 5:28:53 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

It is useless. Some people hang onto it just to feel like they haven’t submitted to modern technology.

I’d rather read printed words.


11 posted on 10/30/2011 5:30:48 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Cursive? That thing I quit using in high school when I discovered the beauty of block letters in mechanical drafting classes.

I haven’t missed it in more than 30 years.


12 posted on 10/30/2011 5:30:55 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Never Again! Except for the next time.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Same thing is happening in China. they are losing the ability to write chinese characters, which even for them requires a long period of study.


13 posted on 10/30/2011 5:33:09 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Ronin

Other than the ruler slaps, we have a very similar background on penmanship. Mine is subpar doctor at best.

Typing was one of the best classes I took in HS. Auto Mechanics was the other.


14 posted on 10/30/2011 5:35:25 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My eight year old granddaughter in Charlotte schools is not being taught cursive.


15 posted on 10/30/2011 5:35:37 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I live in front of the computer and write constantly for professional reasons. But I’ve found that there are still a lot of applications for a pen and paper, and times when there is no electricity or internet connection. For example, I’m taking a couple of courses in a place where I can’t get an internet connection, and writing things down by hand is actually very useful. Cursive writing is just a lot faster than printing. Trying to make entries for personal notes in my cell phone is time consuming as well.

My son doesn’t read cursive very well at all. He asks for me to translate notes I write to him in cursive and it annoys me that I have to take the time to PRINT stuff for him. I guess that I could just write my Christmas shopping list in cursive and he’d never figure out what I’m going to get him. For his older sister, I had to write it in French. How quickly our society falls apart...


16 posted on 10/30/2011 5:35:53 PM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: ConservativeStatement

When I went to grade school, they didn’t even call it ‘cursive’. (as if it was something ‘special’)

It was call WRITING. There was PRINTING, and there was WRITING.

On forms they say PRINT name here, and where the signature belongs, it asks you to SIGN or WRITE your name. I have never seen it say CURSIVE your NAME.

Regardless, it seems to be a sign of the times that our children are coming out of schools with less than an adequate education.


17 posted on 10/30/2011 5:36:07 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Brookhaven

I like analog clocks/watches. They are easier to read at a glance.


18 posted on 10/30/2011 5:37:22 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: ConservativeStatement
I was a draftsman for over thirty years and everything except my signature was done in Block printing (my own style) and my signature is just a scrawl now, I really don't think I could write anything in cursive anymore!!!
19 posted on 10/30/2011 5:38:24 PM PDT by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: UCANSEE2

oops.

It was call(ed) WRITING.


20 posted on 10/30/2011 5:38:24 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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21 posted on 10/30/2011 5:38:54 PM PDT by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

For those who study history, being able to read cursive writing is imperative. I truly believe that if it isn’t taught in the schools, it will make it very difficult for future generations to read what was written in script. The number of documents that we have stored electronically, but were originally written in script, is unbelievably large.

What better way to hide the past from those too ignorant to be able to read it?

It would be like reading a foreign language.


22 posted on 10/30/2011 5:39:05 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I never write in cursive any more. Whenever I’m asked for a signature, I just write what looks to be the first letter of my name, and scribble the rest lol No two times ever look the same.....and that’s with things that matter. On other things, I just create a mark or a scribbled line of some kind, and go on my way.

We now live in a digital world. Computers don’t care about ink signatures on paper.


23 posted on 10/30/2011 5:39:33 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Useless skill. Printing is fine when you need to hand write. Writing notes and letters is, in fact, a anachronism at this point. A printed note will serve the purpose well when needed.


24 posted on 10/30/2011 5:39:52 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: UCANSEE2
Modern communications systems and standards appreciate 135wpm typing speeds.

Cursive gets in the way of that.

25 posted on 10/30/2011 5:40:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Professional Engineer

Me either. In addition to hand lettering I now have the wonderful Ariel font


26 posted on 10/30/2011 5:41:53 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: ConservativeStatement

We don’t teach much of anything anymore, so writing is no doubt going to be history as well.


27 posted on 10/30/2011 5:43:41 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I will be happy in the future if kids can just read and write at all.


28 posted on 10/30/2011 5:46:28 PM PDT by Morgana ("Since using your shampoo my hair has come alive!" ----Medusa)
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To: ConservativeStatement; Morgana

29 posted on 10/30/2011 5:47:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ConservativeStatement
There was an excellent thread the other day about how we're losing our language.

The death of cursive writing is related to the inability of Americans at all ages to write a coherent sentence.

Just look at the posts on this forum. Misspelled words, nonsensical sentences, and punctuation errors abound.

30 posted on 10/30/2011 5:51:20 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

You apparently aren;t aware of the rule of 65.

Internet seniors beyond 65 are free from observence of all the old rules.

Haste trumps editing


31 posted on 10/30/2011 5:55:17 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
There was an excellent thread the other day about how we're losing our language.

"Those who control language control minds." Ayn Rand

32 posted on 10/30/2011 5:55:18 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
Few things infuriate me as much as the over usage of the word “like” when people speak. So many examples, but I heard someone just last week respond to a question by saying “Like never.” How can something be “like never”? That said, excessive use of “you know” and “you know what I mean?” are incredibly annoying.
33 posted on 10/30/2011 5:59:18 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
Just look at the posts on this forum. Misspelled words, nonsensical sentences, and punctuation errors abound.

The comma before the "and" isn't needed in your sentence.

34 posted on 10/30/2011 6:00:52 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: UCANSEE2
I took pride in learning to write neatly with my own flair.

Printing is for those who need to fill out forms but write poorly.

35 posted on 10/30/2011 6:01:35 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes; ConservativeStatement
The death of cursive writing is related to the inability of Americans at all ages to write a coherent sentence.

"How do different tools affect writing style? I was curious, so I tried an experiment: to compose this book, I used a pen and paper, a Sears typewriter, and a word processor. The following substitution cryptogram tells which sections I wrote with which tools."

Clifford Stoll, Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway. New York: Anchor Books (a division of Doubleday), 1995. p. 237.

How you write will affect what you write, in both style and content. I believe people tend to compose more thoughtfully when using pen and paper. Handwriting (sloppy script, printed text or perfect cursive) should never become a "lost art."

36 posted on 10/30/2011 6:06:43 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Ronin
"Sometimes I’d go home with a hand that looked like I was wearing a catcher’s mitt..."

This was my recurring nightmare for four hellish years...


37 posted on 10/30/2011 6:07:31 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

This is sad to me. There is nothing that says I care as much as sending or receiving a hand written thank you note or condolence card. Some things should not be emailed, but my daughter laughingly says that is a sure sign I’m an old bat so what do I know.


38 posted on 10/30/2011 6:07:42 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: ex91B10

ROFL! We went to the same school. My nun wielded a metal golden ruler. God help the person that used little circles to dot their i’s or put little curlicues on their letters. That ruler could break bones.


39 posted on 10/30/2011 6:12:01 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: mountainlion

“Our kids can’t read so why should we expect them to write.”

Oddly enough, quite a few adults write without ever reading anything :)


40 posted on 10/30/2011 6:12:08 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Still scribbling in cursive to this day...I even get complimented on it once in a while!


41 posted on 10/30/2011 6:19:50 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: ConservativeStatement
I still use cursive from time to time. Last month I spent a weekend writing out individual thank-you notes to all the people who had regularly visited my sister during her hospitalization and hospice care.

I grew up learning to write long-hand, and used it all through high school, and later, my college years. I never took short-hand in high school. Upon graduation, and for several years thereafter, I worked at mostly office positions. Besides being proficient in typing and dictaphone transcription, I also became accustomed to being able to decipher the various styles of handwriting people presented to me. This came in handy when later in life, I began researching Civil War records and manuscript collections. It enabled me to read the handwritten letters and documents from that period.

42 posted on 10/30/2011 6:21:38 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: muawiyah

Spot-on!

Typing/Keyboarding should be mandatory in place of cursive writing.


43 posted on 10/30/2011 6:24:29 PM PDT by TSgt (Legal Disclaimer: View my profile at your own risk)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
"What better way to hide the past from those too ignorant to be able to read it?"

Very well said. Wish I'd put it that way in my post.

44 posted on 10/30/2011 6:25:33 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: ConservativeStatement
It is a needed life skill like Morse code, sewing, butchering a hog, ice fishing, or shoeing a horse.

I don't see how one could survive without these critical skills.

45 posted on 10/30/2011 6:29:00 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: bert
Me either. In addition to hand lettering I now have the wonderful Ariel font.

Even the real word is being lost. It is typeface, not font. A font is a dirivative of a typeface.

46 posted on 10/30/2011 6:34:15 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: ConservativeStatement

When I was a teenager, whenever my sister or I (or our friends for that matter) would say “you know” around my father, he would immediately interrupt us with “why no, I don’t know. Why don’t you tell me.”

We all stopped.


47 posted on 10/30/2011 6:43:49 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I overheard some kids complaining about learning cursive and didn’t see the use for it. It rather bothered me.

I like cursive for my book-writing because I get my ideas out a lot faster than print. I can type fast, but it’s not quite the same, that’s for the final version of my manuscripts.


48 posted on 10/30/2011 6:57:10 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: ConservativeStatement
Rirrudo?

Billy Madison : I hate cursive and I hate all of you!

49 posted on 10/30/2011 7:03:26 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: Ronin

Here’s the trick to writing left handed. Most teachers never understood that merely tilting the paper would eliminate all the upside down contortionist wrist thing. Ok, so teacher angled your paper with the top at 11 o’clock. That’s backwards for lefties. Lefties should angle their paper with the top at 1 o’clock. Viola! No more upside down wrists and hardly anyone will notice you’re not a rightie.

Hey, we lefties have it better anyway. Food! Look at table settings. The fork is set on the left of the plate so no crossing over with the right hand and dragging your sleeve through the gravy. The knife is set on the right of the plate so, again, no sleeves in your food or dropped utensils with righties having to switch hands to cut their food. Also, glasses are on the right so they can easily be picked up with the empty hand.


50 posted on 10/30/2011 7:21:59 PM PDT by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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