Published: Sunday, Sept. 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
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.
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.
They will also not be able to read any of the founding documents. I find
it interesting this is being pushed, now.
So it's another sinister liberal plot to undermine our Constitution.Thanks for the warning.Now back to reality . .
@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
@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.
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...
Oh, please. Cursive is an anachronism. Good riddance.
@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?
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.
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
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
@redshirt007 said,“The kids need computer and math skills and
there is only so much time in the day for them to learn material.”My question to you is this. How is that any different than when I went
to elementary school back in the late forties and early fifties where I had to
learn to write in cursive along with all the other stuff I had to learn,
including math?As for computer skills, I learned that OJT and in
college. Not tough at all – never ran out of time.As for a
good reason for continuing to teach cursive, I can still take notes much quicker
by writing in cursive than by printing each letter of a word, separately.
@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
@PH801,Type them faster on a keyboard? No you cannot and neither
can I. That is a false straw-man argument, and you know it. Your two thumbs
are not that fast. A normal-speed talking individual will speak more than 100
words per minute. Not all words need to be transcribed, but you will write more
words in cursive and retain more meaning than you can possibly hope to do with
two thumbs and a keyboard. But that assumes you properly learned to write
cursive in the first place.Recording? Well yes if you are prepared
ahead of time to push the record icon on your cell phone when something pithy is
said, assuming you can dig it out of your pocket or purse fast enough to push
that icon on your phone. Here is a hint: The taking of notes is NOT just
something you only do in a lecture or classroom environment. Don’t want to learn cursive? Well that is your loss and short-changes
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......
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.
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.
@Arm of Orion,I am talking about note taking – not about
writing a dissertation on your home or work computer with a QWERTY keyboard.
Two thumbs are what are used with a cell phone.As I implied, cursive
should continue to be taught in the elementary school grades, along with Math,
History, Reading, AND writing.
@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.
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