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Published: Sunday, June 8 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with the author's comments. We will loose contact with all our past records written by hand. Family history/journals will be lost as no one will be able to read them.

I feel it is an indictment against the quality of the teaching profession. The current occupants of the profession are unable to master and teach a skill their predecessors found critical to the education process.

The teaching profession is kowtowing to political correctness in buying the line that cursive is no longer needed, or takes too much time to learn.

As I review the poorly written notes and signatures of the young people I associate with I see the lack of skill in crafting a simple message and little or no sense of individuality in a signature. Perhaps my grandchildren will verbally communicate in the same text-speak they now send via cell-phone.

Great literature will be unreadable even if it is "printed".

We will be ignorant of our past, personal and as a nation. And being ignorant of our history we will probably be destined to repeat the great lessons of history to our dismay.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

While I agree to a limited extent, it's patently unfair to blame teachers. They don't teach latin anymore, either, and no one misses it. But teachers as individuals or a group didn't decide not to teach latin. Or cursive writing. The times, wrote a great American poet, are a changin'. It's not a teachers' fault.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Teachers are at fault here?

Not the state legislature that dictates what is taught and how it is taught?

KateGladstone
ALBANY, NY

Reading cursive matters immensely ...
but even children can be taught to read handwriting that they are not taught to replicate.

Reading cursive can be taught in just 30 to 60 minutes ...
even to five- or six-year-olds, once they read ordinary print.
(In fact, now there's even an iPad app to teach how:
named "Read Cursive," of course: http://appstore.com/readcursive .)

Learning to read cursive doesn't have to involve writing the same way,

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

We moved beyond cuneiform years ago, as well. Methods of writing and recording changes over time. We once record stuff on floppies which have been shoved aside for efficient thumb drives, CD's, etc.

We continuously move from the slower and laborious to more efficient forms of recording stuff, so why knock it?

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

If ever a topic deserved serious conversation...this isn't it! I am guessing that the Pharohs of Egypt decried the move from heiroglyphics to a more "modern" form of writing. Ask yourself this question: Which is going to disappear first, cursive or paper? People (young people) are moving to digital communication, so what? We haven't we pined for the loss of photographic film or flashbulbs because they were replaced by superior technologies. The same will apply to cursive (and paper).

PS. When did the schools give up teaching calligraphy anyway?? Another one of those socialist plots foisted on us by the teacher unions? Not!

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

You can teach your children anything you want to. There's no law against it.

But I think we'll find that most people lamenting the fall of cursive writing won't take the time out of their day to interrupt their children's algebra or critical thinking practice.

Alternatively, anyone who finds themselves needing to read cursive for a specialized job can also learn it like we do any specialized work skill. There's no age limit for learning so we don't have to cram it all in middle school. Really, it will be ok.

Morse code is still broadcast on aircraft navigation frequencies as station identity verification. But I'd hardly say that everyone should learn Morse code.

Dr's scribble in cursive. I'd rather they print something that won't get me killed.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

Equally disturbing is the trend among young (and some not so young) texters to type with only two thumbs. Think of the evolutionary implications. In a few generations, the thumb and forefinger may be the only useful digits, and the other fingers will just atrophy away.

Kimber
Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks for this! I may not matter too much in the scheme of things, but it's a lost art (like many) I will try and write cursive still for the next "thirty years" or so, maybe even longer than that? ;)

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Hutterite.

Latin is still taught in many schools. Especially in colleges. Especially to language students who really want to understand the roots of their language.

Smart people study Latin, not just so they understand Latin, but to help them gain an understanding of the mechanics and structure of language.

We study Latin to read the great Classical Literature.

We also study the culture (which lead to OUR culture) a window into another world, which helps us understand OUR world.

Latin is logical and learning it teaches us how to think... the same concept as learning to play a musical instrument teaches you how to think (not only musically but in general education).

Abandoning our traditional written language is nothing to scoff at.

It would be nice if we could read Latin texts (not just the English translations of Latin texts). But today's trend is toward this generation not even being able to read English versions of Latin texts (because they need to pay attention longer than a twitter size snippet).

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Learning and writing in cursive is an important part of brain development. We will rue the abandonment of writing in cursive and a quantity of other skills that are needed in a stable nation, such as learning to converse.

FanOfTheSith
Vernal, UT

Just about everywhere I looked, people are on their smart-phones, I-Pads etc. Cursive writing is in no doubt becoming a dying and obsolete art. There is nothing or anyone to be blamed here. It is just that society is evolving and adapting to technology as it follows its trends like handwriting replaced by typewriters, typewriters by word processors, then computers taking over and branching out to email and texting with cellphones and so forth. Technology is making cursive writing obsolete as it makes upgrades to even make it's own inventions and gadgets obsolete as we know it, when we buy today's technology that it will become obsolete within months of it first day of debut.

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