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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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.