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Is cursive writing dead?
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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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KEYWORDS: billgates; commoncore; crackerwriting; cursive; cursivewriting; debasededucation; writing
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1 posted on 06/28/2013 1:29:33 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

Extremely.


2 posted on 06/28/2013 1:30:17 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: TigerClaws

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.”

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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.


3 posted on 06/28/2013 1:31:01 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

No but a punk thug violent attacker is.


4 posted on 06/28/2013 1:31:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: TigerClaws

Short answer? Yes. If we’re lucky, kids will think of it as just another font.


5 posted on 06/28/2013 1:32:12 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: TigerClaws

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.


6 posted on 06/28/2013 1:33:26 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TigerClaws

Eliminate it. It’s an excuse for some people to make unintelligible marks on paper.


7 posted on 06/28/2013 1:33:32 PM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: TigerClaws

Only for LIVs.


8 posted on 06/28/2013 1:33:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TigerClaws

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.


9 posted on 06/28/2013 1:33:53 PM PDT by willywill
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To: TigerClaws

Don’t worry, the far left academics will tell them what it really says. /s


10 posted on 06/28/2013 1:34:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TigerClaws
Thanks to Ms Jeantel we will now debate and resolve this critical issue.

Never mind all that other silly stuff, like the IRS helping rig elections or the president ruling the country by fiat.

11 posted on 06/28/2013 1:34:22 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: TigerClaws

So THIS is what CBS considers newsworthy out of that episode?

How about the ignorance and illiteracy in the (ahem) URBAN population??


12 posted on 06/28/2013 1:34:24 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: TigerClaws

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


13 posted on 06/28/2013 1:34:28 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: TigerClaws

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.


14 posted on 06/28/2013 1:35:30 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Mike Judge was right, just off by 500 years.


15 posted on 06/28/2013 1:35:41 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Scalia 2016 - Hostis Humani Generis)
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To: TigerClaws
Not really, in some schools that specialize in teaching kids with learning disabilities they teach cursive writing as opposed to manuscript. The reason is the way the letters are written in cursive helps prevent letter reversals that often cause a lot of reading and writing problems.
16 posted on 06/28/2013 1:36:04 PM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-6-12 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: TigerClaws
They can shove that! It still needs to be taught, I hope a solar flare wipes out the Tech world, I for one could survive, yes, even without the internet but It`d be worth it to see “generation text” commit suicide because their “jonesing” for a “cyber hit”.
17 posted on 06/28/2013 1:36:07 PM PDT by nomad
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To: 1rudeboy

What happens when all those kiddos go out into the world and can’t sign their own name?


18 posted on 06/28/2013 1:36:09 PM PDT by k4gypsyrose
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To: TigerClaws

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.


19 posted on 06/28/2013 1:36:33 PM PDT by funfan
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To: TigerClaws

Sad i find great joy in reading old letters and stuff from my late mom for me the writing looks alive ans song like


20 posted on 06/28/2013 1:36:33 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: TigerClaws
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.

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.

21 posted on 06/28/2013 1:37:07 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have known that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional news?)
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To: TigerClaws
This non-debate is typical of the kind of crap we have to put up with when commentators refuse to cut to the chase: If handwriting is legible, ANY person of modest capacity who can read is able to read it (yes, as somebody else said, "it's just another font.")

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.

22 posted on 06/28/2013 1:37:14 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Separated by a common language.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
No but a punk thug violent attacker is.

That wins a nomination for post of the day.

23 posted on 06/28/2013 1:37:29 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: willywill
I wonder how in the heck she knew the word.

Five years in 7th grade.

24 posted on 06/28/2013 1:37:45 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Neither will Holder’s people, so you’ll be fined or imprisoned for discrimination...


25 posted on 06/28/2013 1:37:51 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Separated by a common language.)
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To: TigerClaws

I was truly shocked she knew what the word cursive meant. Sort of like using the term niggardly.


26 posted on 06/28/2013 1:38:05 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Secret Agent Man

Dead on.


27 posted on 06/28/2013 1:38:23 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: TigerClaws

If our culture is depending on the US Education system to teach it then yes,,yes it is


28 posted on 06/28/2013 1:39:54 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: k4gypsyrose

There probably be an app for that . . . .


29 posted on 06/28/2013 1:40:26 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: bigheadfred
I remember getting an HP Deskjet 500 for my kidz.

It was great.

30 posted on 06/28/2013 1:40:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TigerClaws

So signing a contract in the future will be done in print letters?


31 posted on 06/28/2013 1:41:17 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
....... if the witness can't read it, she must not have written it.

Doh!

32 posted on 06/28/2013 1:41:33 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ("Obama" The Movie. Introducing Reggie Love as "Monica." .)
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To: TigerClaws

If you write in a language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet, you’ll use cursive writing because manuscript would be too slow.


33 posted on 06/28/2013 1:41:39 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: discostu

I’m guessing you approve of the demise?


34 posted on 06/28/2013 1:42:12 PM PDT by Borges
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To: TigerClaws
I have some students in my 7th grade class that can not read or write cursive.

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.

35 posted on 06/28/2013 1:42:28 PM PDT by mware
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To: TigerClaws
FWIW, in my adventures in substituting, I found myself with a prep period and nothing much to do. I chanced upon an old, old cursive writing book on a shelf. I spent that prep period practicing cursive.

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.

36 posted on 06/28/2013 1:42:46 PM PDT by grania
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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


37 posted on 06/28/2013 1:42:50 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: TigerClaws

Well if that happens, cursive could become the new way to code messages you don’t want some people and machines to read.


38 posted on 06/28/2013 1:43:05 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: Spruce
My mother, a South Dakota farm girl, has the most exquisitely beautiful handwriting.
Mine did too. Back in the 50s, I'd bring a note into school excusing my absence and without fail, my teachers would always comment on her penmanship.
Then they'd look at me and ask why mine was so bad. Sigh ...
39 posted on 06/28/2013 1:43:14 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: TigerClaws

...as were court records and land conveyances.


40 posted on 06/28/2013 1:43:43 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: willywill

I wonder how in the heck she knew the word.

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Its very likely that she doesn’t read anything; much less cursive writing.

She was just using that as an excuse.


41 posted on 06/28/2013 1:44:46 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Borges

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.


42 posted on 06/28/2013 1:44:47 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: Paladin2
We had to get the whole setup since it was our first computer.
43 posted on 06/28/2013 1:44:59 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: TigerClaws

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.


44 posted on 06/28/2013 1:45:41 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: TigerClaws

Cursive writing should be dead. Particularly in an age of keyboards and Dragon software, I don’t see a need for it.


45 posted on 06/28/2013 1:45:49 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: TigerClaws

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.


46 posted on 06/28/2013 1:46:20 PM PDT by pallis
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To: TigerClaws
I guess endorsing a check, or signing a contract shall be done by scratching out said persons “X” talk about devolution
47 posted on 06/28/2013 1:46:23 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: TigerClaws

OK, she don’t read cursive.

I wonder if she can read printed text.


48 posted on 06/28/2013 1:46:28 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: discostu

The thing is it makes handwriting go faster.


49 posted on 06/28/2013 1:47:12 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Spruce

‘now I write like a caveman.’

BTW, how is that Geico gig?


50 posted on 06/28/2013 1:47:15 PM PDT by Delta Dawn
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