Skip to comments.Cursive writing: Lost art or useless skill?
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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:-( I like cursive.
LOL i know OMG WTF r they thinkin
The official name for it is “The Dumbing Down of America”. We’re all morons now.
Meh, the kids will learn to curse all on their own. We always did.
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.
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.
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.
I was homeschooled though, and I've already lost the skill.
Use it or lose it.
Our kids can’t read so why should we expect them to write.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My eight year old granddaughter in Charlotte schools is not being taught cursive.
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...
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.
I like analog clocks/watches. They are easier to read at a glance.
It was call(ed) WRITING.
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.
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.
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.
Cursive gets in the way of that.
Me either. In addition to hand lettering I now have the wonderful Ariel font
We don’t teach much of anything anymore, so writing is no doubt going to be history as well.
I will be happy in the future if kids can just read and write at all.
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.
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
"Those who control language control minds." Ayn Rand
The comma before the "and" isn't needed in your sentence.
Printing is for those who need to fill out forms but write poorly.
"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."
This was my recurring nightmare for four hellish years...
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.
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.
“Our kids cant read so why should we expect them to write.”
Oddly enough, quite a few adults write without ever reading anything :)
Still scribbling in cursive to this day...I even get complimented on it once in a while!
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.
Typing/Keyboarding should be mandatory in place of cursive writing.
Very well said. Wish I'd put it that way in my post.
I don't see how one could survive without these critical skills.
Even the real word is being lost. It is typeface, not font. A font is a dirivative of a typeface.
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.
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.
Billy Madison : I hate cursive and I hate all of you!
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.
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