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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Correct. It is important and was at one time a part of the curriculum in Oregon’s public schools.
Cursive is White Privilege.
Script fonts are racist
That may not make any sense, but I'm a very good writer as an adult -- and I attribute it partially to the care I took as a kid when writing by hand as carefully as possible to avoid mistakes, avoid crossing things out, etc.
Homeschoolers, in general, have their children learning cursive at least by 3rd grade, and usually sooner.
There are good reasons for it, as you have stated.
Somehow I don’t think people using cursive is going to stop that. It was an annoying and post dated thing when I had to learn it in the 70s, and now there’s computers making it even MORE post dated.
“The elephant in the room that CBS ignored is that, if the witness can’t read it, she must not have written it.”
Look! Let’s end this fallacy! It has been acknowledged and testified to, that she did NOT write the letter! A “friend” did. She can probably only read twitter talk.
“Cussive” writing on Twitter is the new fashion.
That is one ugly word picture you paint there, TC. Another one for the "Sad But True" file, I guess.
[[Rachel Jeantel, her head bowed, murmured with embarrassment, “I don’t read cursive,”]]
Yeeeeeah- cuz cursive letters look so much diffint dan regula lettahs... oh wait, no they don’ts
Sooooo....how are folks supposed to read handwritten documents of the past if they can’t read cursive?
I can’t stand to print.
Yup, same here. Doing crosswords in pen also helped.
You’re being facetious, I know, but you point out one of the tenets of the Humanist religion -
nothing from the past has any value, so why bother reading about it.
It’s criminal, in my opinion, but no, cursive is not taught today. Most of my students do not know how to read it — but I still use it! (It’s good for them to see it and in my opinion, it should be taught — along with spelling and grammar!) Too much reliance on modern technology is part of the problem, but programs like “spell check” will not tell a student whether or not they used a word correctly: there, their, or they’re?
[[One teacher who was trying to do it on the sly got in trouble for it, and he had to stop.]]
What the hell was the teacher charged with? Illegally tryign to improve her student’s comunication skills?
Writing will soon be dead, as well.
P.S. This is a photo of a page from an Ethiopian Bible manuscript.
Um...I heard that letter that she couldn’t read the “cursive writing” on, was a letter she had claimed to have written herself. So, that being, does that mean she can’t read her own hand writing?
What an azzhoe
I started printing when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school.
In the early days of slavery, men like George Whitefield encouraged people to teach slaves to read because they were expected to be freed at some point and they would need to be educated and self sufficient.
By the time we got to the civil war era, the democrats were making it illegal to teach slaves to read because ignorance is slavery. They’re doing the same today.
I may be wrong, but I thought that someone said on another thread that someone else had written what she said. Perhaps she’s illiterate?
I never cease to be amazed at the msm’s ability to shift the narrative from the obvious to the inane.
You know, I wouldn’t put it past these rabid liberal oppressors. The are as evil as the day is long during the summer solstice.
The whole purpose of cursive writing is speed of execution. It is much easier to flow from one letter to another than in block letter writing. But as you say, our rich and profound history is bound in cursive writing.
It's nothing short of disgusting.
Cursive should be dead, right along with hieroglyphics.
Story from my Yute, as pronounced by Joe Pesci.
We moved from New York to California when I was seven years old. When we first arrived, I attended Second Grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The next year we moved and I attended Third Grade in the Glendale Unified School District.
On the first day in my new school, the Third Grade Teacher (Mrs. Alcorn) gave the class a writing assignment. It was to be done in Long Hand (cursive). Problem was, the Los Angeles School District taught cursive in Third Grade, while the Glendale School District taught it in Second Grade. Needless to say, I remember being very nervous, not wanting to disappoint my new Teacher.
My solution was to look above the Chalk Board at the cursive style alphabet and copy each letter as written, being sure to connect every last letter in each word. As you can imagine, the Teacher noticed my struggle and asked if I knew how to write in long hand.
Next thing you know, there is a Parent / Teacher meeting and my dear Mother took over the task of teaching me cursive writing so I could keep up with the Class.
I’m sure the entire experience scarred me for life.
That being said, how can a 19 Year Old Girl, and we all know girls are smarter that boys, be a High School JUNIOR and not be literate in cursive style writing? I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but at age seven I still knew what the letters meant, even if I wasn’t taught how to write them correctly on an assignment.
They Live, and we’re the only ones wearing the Sunglasses.
See: Common core
And, of course, America's founding documents are written in cursive. If you can't read them, so much the better to liberal educators. If students can't read the constitution as it was originally written, or the Declaration of Independence as it was originally written, they have no other choice than to read the block print version presented to them.
Student thus may never discover that the phrase is "unalienable rights" not "inalienable rights" in the Declaration of Independence, and what, if anything, is different between the prefixes "un" and "in" anyway. Maybe some students would be curious.
A student thus deprived of being able to read cursive is not able to research and learn from any original documents written in cursive. I think that's a shame.
I liken it to people who can't read an analog clock. When all they can read is digital, they don't see the passage of time as the hands move, they don't see the relationship of quarters circles to whole circles and movement of time, etc.
There is so much more to learning and reasoning than just being able to decipher block letter or digital printing.
My granddaughter, a second grader, has the most beautiful cursive....(she goes to a private school)...the public schools have stopped teaching it.
There is a drawing exercise you can do that helps you focus your brain into using the right hemisphere. You try to draw your hand without looking at the paper. I suspect that cursive writing and calligraphy do much the same thing. Hand writing is a lost art form, IMO.
Cursive handwriting is much more than a style of writing. It tells a lot about our personality, character, and above all it is the written way to express who we are.
Never said it was.
As a matter of fact, sometimes it wasn't even during lessons.
In my eighth grade class the boys were on one side of the room and the girls were on the other. One morning a nun walked down between the two rows of boys swinging her yardstick with criminal abandon. After three of four hits apiece, she informed us it was to "discourage us for things we were going to do."
Then we all stood up and said our prayer to start class.
“She can’t read, and the defense clearly knew this when they asked her to read the letter she’d supposedly written.”
You’re right. If you’ve ever met someone in those circumstances, it is really sad. Growing up around crackers, I always assumed everyone could read; only when I was older did I realize that one of them couldn’t.
So well written — and thank you!!! Education is NEVER a waste. Knowledge is power. It’s disturbing (to say the least) when conservatives are making the libs’ arguments for them! (Maybe these are the same people who think “spell check” takes care of everything??)
Inching ever closer to the mark of the beast.
I don’t write in cursive because my cursive handwriting is even harder to read (even for me) than my printing. And aside from my signature, I don’t remember how to write in cursive anymore.
Makes me feel good...I had no idea what cursive is...we called it penmanship in school. In the Navy when keeping log books, printing was insisted on...at least we called it printing? Maybe Non-cursive??
All the way through college I was a printer...if I had to write anything other than my name in cursive, I’d be lost. Take several pages a day of meeting notes all in print form.
“I wonder if she can read printed text.”
A lot of her text messages are in evidence; so, apparently she can read and write (after a fashion) printed text.
Nope. Just Trayvon. (hehe)
Good for you. I’ve never used cursive by choice, only did it when school assignments called for it, and the minute school was in my rearview mirror cursive was on the curb next to it... actually it probably was there first, since school switched to type written stuff in high school.
“Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.” - Abraham Lincoln
“Particularly in an age of keyboards and Dragon software, I dont see a need for it.”
That Dragon software is creepy; it seems designed to allow a foreigner (not a poorly-educated American, who might want vacation days or benefits) to take more work from Americans. I’ve seen something similar in a national convenience store chain in my area; the older American women who used to make the sandwiches have been replaced by non-English speaking Hispanics, who only interact with a screen (after you’ve typed, in English and using pictures, what you want on your sandwich).
They wouldn’t commit suicide, they’d just go feral.
How about signatures? My bet is kids are taught only enought to sign their name to apply for welfare and food stamps. It’s really sad that schools no longer teach our children basic skills and instead just indoctrinate them into a mindless entitlement society.