The least important part of this conversation is whether people will have a
signature. I learned cursive in school, and my signature has little to do with
anything my teachers taught me about how to write in cursive.As for
those who say they use all 10 fingers on the keyboard, I'd challenge that.
My guess is most people use 9 fingers when they type.
It's the hallmark of a conservative to resist change. Sigh, there it is
again.Cursive needs to die. I decided that when I was 8 and now that
I see it's death coming, I couldn't be happier for the future
VST how do you propose to get the time for teaching cursive. Students are
learning Algebra, complex sciences, and reading deep literature earlier and
earlier by the year it seems. They are gaining a deeper understanding of the
world that cursive simply cannot give.So far as your post is
concerned you moved the goal posts on PH801. You exceeded the scope of the
discussion not I. Besides note taking in a class setting is still faster on a
QWERTY keyboard and can lead to better organization with the automatic Roman
numeral, bullet, or other note taking formats Word has. Cursive is archaic and
in the modern era worthless let it go.
@VSTI use all ten fingers/thumbs on my keyboard. I'm not sure
why you'd be using just your thumbs. Maybe you're purposefully trying
to be slow? I can type about 104 words per minute on my laptop
keyboard...simply faster than I can write. Argue if you will, but writing is
not faster than typing on a keyboard.
VST you are completely wrong when you say that a keyboard requires only two
thumbs. It requires all ten fingers to type properly and I can dash out anywhere
between 70-100 words per minute depending on the subject matter, type of project
I'm doing, and the amount of original thinking that is required of me to
get my point across. I learned cursive in grade school and knew then just as I
knew now that typing would be my primary form of written communication. This
would have taken me forever to write in cursive. This is simply faster and
easier to do.
Oh brother. I have kids and they can read cursive. The things you people get
your panties in a wad about kill me. It must be terribly depressing to be so
sure that everything you hear about is an evil plot to do some unspeakable harm.
Well, I taught my youngest son to write in cursive.... Maybe we need to start
teaching our kids a few things at home... Now that's a novel idea......
@VSTAnd I can take notes faster by typing them on a keyboard or
recording them on my smartphone. Technology has provided a faster way of doing
Agree with PH801... it's useless other than your signature. You want to
learn it, do it on your own time, but why should elementary students have to
waste hours learning something that they're almost certain to never use
when they could instead be learning more math, english, geography, history,
science, etc.As for it's history or it's emotion as was
mentioned above, there is nothing in cursive writing that cannot be just as
emotional or historical in manuscript writing, or text, or email or printed
Having learned both manuscript and cursive well, I find that cursive is easier
and quicker to use. It's like learning to type on keyboards. The time you
use learning it is repaid many times over with the time you save ever after.
And as has been mentioned, the less literate you are the less literature you
have access too.An interesting side-note is that cursive predates
I spent countless hours learning cursive in school in the 60s. I hated every
minute of it and considered it a waste of time. Today, the only thing I write
in cursive is my signature. Everything else I print. Cursive is not required,
not even your signature has to be cursive. Some people cling to things of the
past like society will shut down if they go away. Like the abacus, it's
time to let cursive die.
@Luke NelsonWe are not talking just about the constitution, but the
history behind it, not to mention all history ever written, personal and
otherwise, since cursive was used. Not important?
Oh, please. Cursive is an anachronism. Good riddance.
These children will never know the emotion that transpires from a handwritten
text, friendship expressed with confidence, a first declaration of love
expressed eagerly, crazy hope, or rather a mature style .. . The cursive writing
reflects the personality of its author, makes it seem like an art form the
transience of the moment ... This is all we lose. What a tragedy! What
impoverishment of humanity that the loss of writing...
@the truthThe constitution can be read online and in books in print. You
don't need a photocopy of the original documents to read them.
@one old manThe Reality is...They will not be able to
read the founding documents nor the journals and letters of the founders,nor of other people and other documents in history, including their own
family histories and genealogies. How is that a good thing, unless
have an agenda to undermine the constitution and the people knowledge of
So it's another sinister liberal plot to undermine our Constitution.Thanks for the warning.Now back to reality . .
They will also not be able to read any of the founding documents. I find
it interesting this is being pushed, now.
If you think it through it's not the first time technology has left a gap
between generations. While Morse code is still useful in .000001 percent of odd
situations we just don't need the masses to know it anymore. The kids need
computer and math skills and there is only so much time in the day for them to
learn material. What a shame it would be for them to spend their time on cursive
and fall behind in other areas.My advice is that you be ready to
convert your cursive letters to the computer. But not to worry, if you
don't someone will still be able to long after we are gone just like there
are still people that can use Morse code.
First, Finger print scanners will replace the X.Second, We will forget how
to spell. Or haz that allredi hapened?Fourth, we will forget how to do
math because calculators will do it. Google "The meaning of
Power" for an Isaac Asimov story on just that.