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Published: Sunday, Sept. 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Omaha, NE

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.

tranquility base, 00

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.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

They will also not be able to read any of the founding documents.
I find it interesting this is being pushed, now.

one old man
Ogden, UT

So it's another sinister liberal plot to undermine our Constitution.

Thanks for the warning.

Now back to reality . .

the truth
Holladay, UT

@one old man

The 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 history?

Luke Nelson
West Valley City, UT

@the truth
The constitution can be read online and in books in print. You don't need a photocopy of the original documents to read them.

Canada, 00

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...

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Oh, please. Cursive is an anachronism. Good riddance.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@Luke Nelson

We 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?

Draper, UT

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.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

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 manuscript.

Mike W
Syracuse, UT

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 document.

Bountiful, UT

@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.

Draper, UT


And 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 that.

Bountiful, UT


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 your education.

Kaysville, UT

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......

Provo, UT

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.

Arm of Orion
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Bountiful, UT

@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.

Draper, UT


I 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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