Skip to comments.Is cursive writing dead?
Posted on 06/28/2013 1:29:33 PM PDT by TigerClaws
A single sentence, uttered in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, has catapulted an issue into the national spotlight.
When asked if she could read a letter in court, witness Rachel Jeantel, her head bowed, murmured with embarrassment, "I don't read cursive," according to court testimony.
Is it any surprise that cursive -- the looped, curvaceous style of handwriting that's been a mainstay of education for generations -- is all but dead? [15 Weird Things We Do Everyday, and Why]
"Cursive should be allowed to die. In fact, it's already dying, despite having been taught for decades," Morgan Polikoff, assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, told The New York Times.
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Saw this comment and response on FR yesterday:
In the Rockford,Illinois public school system, teaching cursive is PROHIBITED. One teacher who was trying to do it on the sly got in trouble for it, and he had to stop.
I see it as a way cut off future generations from learning
from past generations. All the letters and all the writings of our forefathers were written in cursive. Future generations will have to rely on experts to transcribe the texts for them with, perhaps, the occasional change here and there to make things more understandable.
Our great, great grandchildren will stare as stupidly at the Constitution as illiterate peasants from the Dark Ages stared at Latin Bibles.
No but a punk thug violent attacker is.
Short answer? Yes. If we’re lucky, kids will think of it as just another font.
I am going to start emailing scanned copies of cursive letters, secure in the knowledge that nobody at NSA will be able to read them.
Eliminate it. It’s an excuse for some people to make unintelligible marks on paper.
Only for LIVs.
I have to admit, I had to look up what cursive meant. we don’t use that word a lot, do we?
I wonder how in the heck she knew the word.
Don’t worry, the far left academics will tell them what it really says. /s
Never mind all that other silly stuff, like the IRS helping rig elections or the president ruling the country by fiat.
So THIS is what CBS considers newsworthy out of that episode?
How about the ignorance and illiteracy in the (ahem) URBAN population??
the reason i got a computer back on 04 was because the high school stopped accepting handwritten homework and ferrying kids to the local library to use theirs was a pain in the
My mother, a South Dakota farm girl, has the most exquisitely beautiful handwriting.
I used to be quite proud of my penmanship, but after using a computer for so long it has atrophied and now I write like a caveman.
Mike Judge was right, just off by 500 years.
What happens when all those kiddos go out into the world and can’t sign their own name?
Sad. My mom had the most beautiful cursive writing I can remember having to lick all the envelopes for Christmas cards she sent out they were thoughtfully written and addressed and pretty.
To me cursive is the same letters just fancier I think the younger ones and the star witness just can not read our signatures are a form of cursive writing.
Sad i find great joy in reading old letters and stuff from my late mom for me the writing looks alive ans song like
The elephant in the room that CBS ignored is that, if the witness can't read it, she must not have written it.
Matter of fact, by making the issue cursive handwriting, they get to bury the fact that Benjamin Crump wrote that letter for her.
The bottom line is that a dim-witted perjurer could NOT READ AT ALL. Look at her testimony on the previous day when she is handed typewritten exhibit after exhibit and clearly has NO idea what they say. "I can't read cursive" is baloney. She can't read, and the defense clearly knew this when they asked her to read the letter she'd supposedly written.
That wins a nomination for post of the day.
Five years in 7th grade.
Neither will Holder’s people, so you’ll be fined or imprisoned for discrimination...
I was truly shocked she knew what the word cursive meant. Sort of like using the term niggardly.
If our culture is depending on the US Education system to teach it then yes,,yes it is
There probably be an app for that . . . .
It was great.
So signing a contract in the future will be done in print letters?
If you write in a language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet, you’ll use cursive writing because manuscript would be too slow.
I’m guessing you approve of the demise?
I have actually proposed making it into an after school activity, so the kids can learn it.
Many really do want to be able to read and write it.
Some of the kids asked me why it is important to learn it, and I told them if they had any desire to read documents in their original text, they will need to learn it.
I was astounded how much writing cursive did to encourage the flow of thoughts. Once it's on paper, in pen, it's there, and besides those thoughts, it conveys style and cohesiveness. It was a real good intellectual exercise.
It would've done that witness in the Zimmerman case some good.
I’m embarassed to say that I’ve started to forget how to write in cursive. I tried not too long ago and made so many mistakes it wasn’t funny
Well if that happens, cursive could become the new way to code messages you don’t want some people and machines to read.
...as were court records and land conveyances.
I wonder how in the heck she knew the word.
Its very likely that she doesn’t read anything; much less cursive writing.
She was just using that as an excuse.
It’s worthless. Especially in a modern world where pen and paper barely meet in the first place, no reason to have two different types of hand writing. One, one that more closely matches the printed word, suffices just fine. It’s very high on the list of things I learned in school that I never used once I got out, and only used in school when forced.
For cripes sake, the point of the whole discussion was that this “witness” claimed to be unable to read what she was supposed to have written. However, now we discuss educational deprivation of blacks, white privilege for better education and the declining use of cursive.
This is nonsense but the idea now being pressed from several sources that Zimmerman should be convicted to avoid riots and show blacks that the courts are not always dispensing injustice for blacks is really frightening.
Cursive writing should be dead. Particularly in an age of keyboards and Dragon software, I don’t see a need for it.
I’m glad I got in on that education train before it left the station. I shudder to think what would have happened had I been forced to print my college notes.
OK, she don’t read cursive.
I wonder if she can read printed text.
The thing is it makes handwriting go faster.
‘now I write like a caveman.’
BTW, how is that Geico gig?
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