How do you feel about school's not teaching cursive?

phunkyphreak phunkyphreak
I found out that many schools are not teaching cursive handwriting anymore. I think it is sad how do you sign your name?
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Taylor , Kissaki , Ms. Spice , kjkitty , Ryuson , moonch1ld , rdytogo , Jimbo Jones , Eucaly , El-Jaro
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DeliciousSurprise , zracer , Yaoi Pervette (deleted) , ThoughtsAblaze , Chilipepper , Avant-garde , lanky , Sammi , Sir , JessCee , sasweetheart89 , Papershotglass , bayosgirl , Steve of Eden , toxie m , Tasty Latina , Lily Night , Airekah , Coralbell , Callisto , slynch , Valentinka , Kindred , Darling Jen , dv8 , Ansley , Petite Valentine , P'Gell , Howells , Jul!a , padmeamidala , KaraSutra , Pixel , Lucky21 , Kdlips , Lilitu , PiratePrincess , tickle me pink , The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary , albapuella , Lummox , onehotmomma , haley730 , Errant Venture , A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) , newlady , Kake aka PoeticErotica
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MaryExy , AngelvMaynard , potstickers , Sir , alliegator , Shellz31 , Waterfall , ily , Kkay , themaddhatter , Ninja Bunny , EJ , Halfthere , darthkitt3n , l'amour
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School is stupid
Total votes: 72 (71 voters)
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07/27/2011
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Taylor Taylor
Once I got past elementary school I never used cursive anyway. Seems like it might be better to spend the time on something they will continue to use. It seems like we spent hours and hours on handwriting, but it serves no purpose to me today. As people do more and more of their work on computers it just doesn't make sense to spent a lot of time on cursive
07/27/2011
MaryExy MaryExy
I think it's worth it to learn cursive. I mean, aren't there a lot of old documents and such in cursive? I know some of the books I liked as a kid had cursive in some parts... if my kid doesn't learn cursive, how can I pass those books on?

I'd like it if they kept learning cursive. At the same time, if they're replacing it with some other material that's more important, I think I'd be a little more accepting of the change.
07/27/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
A lot of schools are dropping the ball when it comes to general penmanship. Heaven forbid any of these kids become doctors and need to write a prescription by hand!
07/27/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
handwriting is going to eventually be replaced with computers so i think it would be more useful to teach kids computers, not something as old fashioned and irrelevant as that. i never used it past elementary school anyways
07/27/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I feel old ... old-old-old-old-OLD ...
07/27/2011
lanky lanky
kids should know everything they can
07/27/2011
Sammi Sammi
My kids' school teaches it - they start in 2nd grade. I think it's a good idea - I still write in cursive, all the time.
07/27/2011
alliegator alliegator
I never took a liking to cursive, and always write in a clear print if others need to read my writing, or a bastardized print-cursive hybrid for my own fast note taking. I think it should be taught enough to be read and understood, but not as heavily stressed as it has been in the past. One of my elementary schools stressed cursive and required students above 4th grade to write in cursive and pen for all assignments. That was hard for me since I was a poor speller and to this day have a tendency to transpose letters when writing quickly. If fast, accurate typing skills replaces cursive of the curriculum, maybe bad texting grammar won't become the norm.
07/27/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I don't really care as I hate writing cursive! Unless it's my signature, I won't use cursive to write anything.
07/27/2011
Waterfall Waterfall
I mean I guess it is important for kids to be able to write their signature. Other than that I feel like all that time they wasted could be spent on other things. I know I was required to write in cursive when I took notes in a few classes in middle school, but I don't know why, I mean it was my notebook! Anyway, I just think it is useless.
07/27/2011
kjkitty kjkitty
I never write in cursive. Last semester a girl in my English class wrote a paper on whether we should still be learning cursive and of course the main point they made was that it was much faster. So for the entire semester I tried taking all my notes in cursive. It was awful! I wasn't faster and my handwriting was much harder to read. Maybe if I had this skill from childhood it would have been better, but I found that I much preferred printing. Furthermore, I was taught to use a keyboard in elementary school and that has been VERY helpful. I type between 75-85 wpm with almost perfect accuracy because of how much I was made to type in school and now I can write papers super fast, type my notes, etc. I find that this skill is much more important to me.
07/27/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
My kids went to a school where that is how they learned to write. No print, all cursive. I thought that was bonkers!! How were they to ever fill out applications or or box forms if they never learned to print. Cursive is a dying art I'm afraid. It needs to go the way of Latin and be offered as an elective language art!
07/28/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
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Originally posted by alliegator
I never took a liking to cursive, and always write in a clear print if others need to read my writing, or a bastardized print-cursive hybrid for my own fast note taking. I think it should be taught enough to be read and understood, but not as heavily ... More
My writing is also a cursive print that slants backwards because I'm a lefty! I have to translate a lot.
07/28/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
The only time I've ever had to use it since I learned it was to write the contract on my ACT test, and half of the kids printed it and connected the letters! It seems like if no one uses it, it's a waste of time!
07/28/2011
kjkitty kjkitty
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Originally posted by Ryuson
The only time I've ever had to use it since I learned it was to write the contract on my ACT test, and half of the kids printed it and connected the letters! It seems like if no one uses it, it's a waste of time!
HAHA! Oh yeah. I forgot about the ACT (except for me it was SAT). I spent SUCH a long time trying to remember how to write the capital letters before I gave up and wrote normal, print capital letters at the beginning of each sentence and the rest in cursive. What a pain.
07/28/2011
Kkay Kkay
I've never actually used it.
07/28/2011
Papershotglass Papershotglass
Funny story: No matter how hard multiple teachers and my mother tried, I will always hold a pen wrong. Instead of resting it on my middle finger, I rest it on my ring finger. What has this done as a result is that my handwriting is even more awful - enough that when I was in junior high, a teacher took me to the side and begged me to no longer write in cursive as he couldn't read my reports.
It has since become this hybrid between print and cursive.

But concerning schools no longer teaching it - I think this is a crying shame. Some feel it to be useless, but I think there is a lost art to the loops and shapes that future generations will not appreciate, much less be able to do. How are they going to have a hard to forge signatures for their future children? Too much standardized testing I tells ya!
07/28/2011
kjkitty kjkitty
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Originally posted by Papershotglass
Funny story: No matter how hard multiple teachers and my mother tried, I will always hold a pen wrong. Instead of resting it on my middle finger, I rest it on my ring finger. What has this done as a result is that my handwriting is even more awful - ... More
It is definitely a beautiful form of writing. I wish that my cursive was better and I've tried very hard to make this happen with little headway. However, should this take up class time? Is it a valuable skill to be taught in class?

Then again, standardized testing is basically the devil. Public school is just a messed up place to be.
07/28/2011
Callisto Callisto
Quote:
Originally posted by phunkyphreak
I found out that many schools are not teaching cursive handwriting anymore. I think it is sad how do you sign your name?
My writing is half cursive/half regular. It's still worth to learn 'cause if anything it's pretty and seems more intelligent and professional at times.. don't you think? If someone signed their name in cursive and another person in regular hand writing wouldn't you have a better opinion of the person who used cursive? like it denotes education but that just might be my generation.
07/28/2011
themaddhatter themaddhatter
not sure really
07/28/2011
moonch1ld moonch1ld
I think it's a good idea. I don't use cursive for anything but signing my name which I don't think is worth the weeks and weeks of learning it. I don't see why you can't just print your name instead of signing in cursive.
07/28/2011
rdytogo rdytogo
With computers it isn't worth the time spent in class.
07/28/2011
EJ EJ
I guess we don't really NEED it, but I really enjoyed cursive. It was like calligraphy or a form of art, so I just think it's sort of sad that we're losing it. Another lost art.
07/28/2011
Ansley Ansley
To be perfectly candid, I'm surprised the system still bothers to teach children how to write in the first place. /snark

My cursive hand-writing is atrocious. I can't read it, no one else who reads it can understand it and I always end up switching between cursive and print in long documents. I vaguely remember having a bit of an attitude when it came time to practice. I'm left-handed and my teachers tried for years to break me of it. They'd walk by and turn my paper around and try to force me to curl my hand to write "properly". I bucked it and always received low marks. And my signature? It's not even remotely close to the letters on those pretty diagrams hanging on the wall. Oddly enough, my signature and my husband's are almost identical.
07/28/2011
dv8 dv8
Schools don't appear to be teaching the correct usage of apostrophes either.

Cursive may no longer be practical but I hope that schools teach other tasks that improve hand-eye coordination. Of course, art and physical education are subjects that are being cut nowadays.
07/28/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I don't like the idea. My youngest child is 11 and can barely write in cursive (we do teach her things at home, but they are more academic things. I would have thought that was one thing the school would have done for us.)

Not all people have a computer around all the time. Some people like to write by hand.

I think this is a decision that is poorly chosen.

Some years ago, our school cut the weekly spelling test. They said they were doing "Integrated Learning" and that spelling would be taught in conjunction with reading, writing, English and Social Studies. Despite My Man and I eventually getting sick of this, and giving our middle daughter spelling tests at home (after about a year of realizing it wasn't working at school) she still can't spell.... and has a Bachelor's Degree in English! (Thank heaven all her school work for college was done on a computer and she knows how to use a spell check.)

A few years later, after many of the parents complaining, they started spelling as a subject again. My youngest child has had spelling lessons since First Grade now. My 11 year old can spell better than her older sister.

Our youngest was also reading and writing before her 3rd birthday, so there is some difference in all children. But, I still feel the lack of spelling as a subject disrupted my middle daughter's learning process at the time when she was best able to learn to spell. She works on it still, a lot. But, its hard to make up for lost learning.
07/28/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
My regular handwriting when I'm jotting notes is a cross between print and cursive. I really think that kids should know enough cursive to be able to read it (because if you've never seen it before it's really hard to read) and kids have to be able to sign their names in cursive. I mean I guess they don't have to but I still think it's a good idea to learn it.
07/28/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Jul!a
My regular handwriting when I'm jotting notes is a cross between print and cursive. I really think that kids should know enough cursive to be able to read it (because if you've never seen it before it's really hard to read) and kids have ... More
I agree. My daughter printed her name on some banking forms, and the teller got upset. I had to explain that she hadn't learned cursive yet (she was only in about 2nd grade at the time, but I know we learned cursive IN second grade.)

I would teach her, and still might. But, most of our home learning is more academic science and social study and political stuff. The way they don't teach this stuff in school.
07/28/2011
Pixel Pixel
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Originally posted by dv8
Schools don't appear to be teaching the correct usage of apostrophes either.

Cursive may no longer be practical but I hope that schools teach other tasks that improve hand-eye coordination. Of course, art and physical education are ... More
*snorts* You just made me choke on my milk. So not cool, dude!
07/28/2011
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