I think those who are seriously advocating eliminating cursive writing must as a
whole be poor or mediocre cursive writers themselves. Cursive is akin to the
highest level of writing; it is an art which develops artistic talent as well.
Penmanship awards used to be given on a more regular basis; I know, because my
grandmother received them. It is an excellent foundation to prepare to learn
calligraphy, which is also an art form I enjoy on occasion. I think several
comments here are ironic and not 100% serious; most of us grew up with cursive
writing and will continue to use it.
People really show their personality types here on one simple subject. Change is
hard for some, looked forward to by others.The fact is that most
parents can't help their kids with algebra yet would have an opinion that
an outdated and hardly used manual writing system should be practiced just in
case the electricity goes out forever AND we want our writing to look fancy. I'd rather deal with a generational gap in cursive than continue
letting our kids fall behind in pertinent skills to the future and present.
I appreciated the point about researching old documents; I hadn't thought
of that at the time.Spelling is another skill, often thought to be
pointless, but that hass interest because it often tells you how things were
originally pronounced. It is therefore helpful in demonstrating the origin of
languages and hence in linguistic and cultural studies. For example, the
"gh" in various words such as light, bright and night, indicates an
original germanic etymology, and a pronunciation that was current in Old
English, but that disappeared over time.
Just think, if you can, in a few years when voice-recognition software is more
highly developed, you can eliminate spelling from the curriculum. One wonders if
this approach to learning may have subtle, unfavorable side-effects on the
development of children. Perhaps more than knowledge or intellect is at risk.
When we put most of our effort in technology, we invest a lot into something
that will soon become obsolete.
I believe that learning cursive has an important place in brain development that
keyboarding does not provide. I've seen too many students improve overall
in school after they mastered cursive to think it is outmoded or obsolete.
I'm also concerned that what it replacing it is not learning other skills,
but being fed a lot of politically correct trash.
I heard that the ancient Mesopotamians had the same dilemma. After the
invention of cuneiform, they slowly quit making cave paintings. The
ultra-conservative political factions pushed for legislation to keep an outdated
mode of communication taught in their schools, wasting valuable time and
resources in order to keep living in the past therefore slowing down
Thank you Truth for telling the TRUTH! . That was my thought exactly. There will
be no going back and doing research on our original documents - it well be a
foreign language to our younger generation.
Hammer - I challenge you to sit down and compare Utah's current CORE
standards with the new Common Core. Not much difference is there?Mr. J -- Yup -- and a couple of teenagers talking on their cell phones and
texting.Truth - when you learn to tell it?
Let cursive go. Kids revert back to print when given the choice. Teach them how
to sign their name, that is all.Better to drop cursive to fit in all
the high tech stuff kids need to learn these days, than to give up math.
Why is cursive important?Our history is written in cursive, from
founding documents, like the constitution and declaration of independence, to
letters and journals.We will have new generations unable read and
study our history, and not only our history, but the whole world.How
can that possibly be a good thing, unless you want to control what people know
and believe? The left seems all for changing, rewriting. and
forgetting large chunks of our history, and replacing it with their own
indoctrination,but common core is an old product of the left, just
renamed and repackaged.
I can write cursive, but it causes cursing.
Cursive. Foiled again?
Wow, a lot of people on here defaming the idea that cursive is in essence
useless, which it is. Tell me, in the past year how have you done most of your
writing? Has it been written by hand or on a computer, and yes include your
d-news posts in that count. Seriously I learned how to write in cursive and the
only thing I use it for is my signature on official documents. Yet here I am,
writing on a computer with acceptable grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Seriously, just because cursive is going the way of the dodo doesn't mean
that things like grammar, spelling, and intelligent conversation will.
to one old man"...and most anything else that resembles
comprehensible language."So? You have made the mistake of
listening to rap as well?
Why should anyone be forced to learn anything? I agree with Rep
Osmond, lets just get rid of public education. We can save the money and spend
it on more highways or vacations for our AG.
get rid of cursive writing, no need for it, we have machines that write for us.
Get rid of learning multiplication tables, long division, percentages, we have
machines that do that. Get rid of grammar and spelling, we have texting that
doesn't need it. Get rid of proper speech, everyone texts so no verbal
communication is needed. Get rid of history, no one remembers it anyway. Get rid
of geography, we either fly or drive to places so we don't have to know
where they are.Get rid of teachers and schools as Rep. Osmond
suggested. All they do is try to teach the subjects mentioned above and as I
mentioned, we have no need for that stuff.
Why not let local school districts and boards determine if the school wants to
learn cursive or not. Oh wait Common core won't let the local school
districts do that. Common core will be a top down directive telling kids how
and what they can learn. It will deny local jurisdictions the choice of how
curriculum is presented and what content is taught as the whole race to the top
plan is designed to give states the waiver if they accept the top down approach
approved by the department of education.Common core is a joke and
those that support it produce silly articles about how common core is so great
because it gets rid of cursive!
Both printing and cursive writing are inefficient systems. I remember the
effort I spent in 3rd grade learning to write the capital letters F and W and G
in cursive. Why?We should just drop-kick the whole dumb alphabet
and use Gregg shorthand for everything. Billboards would be a lot smaller.
Can't read a high school student's writing no matter whether it's
cursive or manuscript.Besides, pens and pencils will soon be as
obsolete as the typewriter.And so will spelling, punctuation,
grammar, and most anything else that resembles comprehensible language.
I want to leave a comment, but I can't find a way to leave it in cursive.
So I'll just forget about it.
And parents are certainly able to teach their kids cursive if they want. No one
will stop you. And lets get serious... learning cursive if you already now
manuscript is NOT that hard, probably can do that on your own.