No more cursive?

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  • Cookie999 Albuquerque, NM
    Sept. 10, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    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.

  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    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    The fact is that most parents can't help their kids with algebra yet would have an opinion that an outdated and hardly used manual writing system should be practiced just in case the electricity goes out forever AND we want our writing to look fancy.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.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 8, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    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.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    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.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 7, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    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 technological progress.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    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?

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    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.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 6:45 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    I can write cursive, but it causes cursing.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Cursive. Foiled again?

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    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.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    to one old man

    "...and most anything else that resembles comprehensible language."

    So? You have made the mistake of listening to rap as well?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    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.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    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.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    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!

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    Sept. 6, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    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.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    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.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    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.