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Poll From: 09/07/2013

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Do you think that schools should continue to teach cursive writing? Submitted By MarSue, WI
Yes.
No.
What's cursive writing?
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Lmelaku406
on 01/07/14
B/se it's beautiful! (Also, it looks very professional & formal)
thatguyrichie
on 09/07/13
stoogy2008 and 4 others liked this  
What's funny, is that my sister started writing in cursive, because she knows that people graduating from high school, now, can't read it. Her response when they ask her what she wrote is "don't you know how to read English?"

It's a tragedy how undervalued education in the United States is. Saying "why should I learn it if I'm not going to use it in life," is a fallacy.

Truth is, unless your going to be a teacher, or a researcher, everything you learned in school your entire life, you will never use outside of school. However, everything you learned in school is the foundation of everything you need to succeed in life. Things like socializing, the ability to learn, reasoning, problem solving, memory and, most importantly, common sense we all should have learned from things like foreign language (in the United States foreign language is a myth), math, English, science, history, and, yes, (cursive) writing.
Doclorraine
on 09/08/13
9AndAHalfDigits liked this  
It's you're not your.
mom2FABfour
on 09/25/13
@Doclorraine

Seriously? THAT is ALL you "got" out of the entire post? OH NO! That must mean that everything thatguyrichie said is for naught! It cracks me up how people pick apart a typo, but see no problem with the cursive NOT being taught to our kids.
mom2FABfour
on 09/25/13
@thatguyrichie
I couldn't agree more on your post. My kids were taught cursive, among other required subjects, in elementary school. The funny part is, MY writing seems to be the only one they can't read! I think it's "selective reading", if you know what I mean! lol
When I sit down to write a letter of importance, my cursive is beautiful. However, for many years I was a server in hotels & fine dining establishments. Because servers hand write the guests order at the table, they develop a "shorthand" of sorts. It is akin to a doctor writing a prescription, lol.
When I leave a note for my husband or kids, it is almost always in that "shorthand" that I developed. Ha Ha...*I* have no problems reading it!
The thing that makes me proud, in regards to their longhand is the fact that all of them, 3 sons & a daughter, ages 28, 27, 20 & 17, have incredibly legible cursive writing.
It will sadly become a lost art. It
Katlynn91
on 09/17/13
I love the look of cursive writing and in the recent years many people's signatures just look awful because they only learned cursive for one year and then stopped using it, like I did.
johnwx69
on 09/16/13
I got taught cursive writing in grade school, I was pretty good at it too, but then when middle school came around I immedieately switched back to normal writing, and have been writing that way ever since. I can still write in cursive pretty good, but for some reason, my hand refuses to write in it. I guess I'm going to be writing normally all my life. Oh well. (my conclusion: cursive writing classes are kind of pointless)
saipanv
on 09/15/13
Loycemike liked this  
The Christian school my children went to were taught how to write in cursive and unfortunately, when we move to the U.S. my son was instructed to write in print even though he writes in cursive very legibly. As a second grader, i can't believe he now feels insecure about being the only kid in his class who even knows what cursive is. I don't ever want him to lose this skill and I do encourage him to continue to write in cursive.
sammy0354
on 09/11/13
I was had to learn cursive in school, but could never get the hang of it. I can't read it or write it. I'm so glad they are getting away from it honestly.
princesslollie
on 09/10/13
no..most people cant read that anyways..i believe fine print is just fine as long..unless its a resume or business letter or hs essay of which you type up
BlueArctic2013
on 09/10/13
pydsigner and 1 others liked this  
I think it's disgusting that my son's elementary school told him (and myself) that Cursive writing was "obsolete", and then when he had entered Middle School, the teachers there were actually reprimanding the students who could not Sign their names in Cursive! It was the same school district, but it didn't matter. Parents need to teach their children a lot of things at home that the public schools are seriously failing at... If you can't read Cursive, then you can't read the Constitution in it;s original form, and that alone, is a sadness for our children :(
9AndAHalfDigits
on 09/10/13
BlueArctic2013 liked this  
It makes me sad, but at least I did my job to help my daughter (who went on to teach some of her classmates her "techniques and tips" to cope with their teacher's rambling, nonsensical style. I did explain to my daughter that even if she had to do math one way and work backwards to understand the method the lesson was trying to teach that she should do so, as learning all the methods possible to come to the same answer would make it easier down the road to find which approach best fit a problem. Sometimes more than one method works, sometimes it doesn't. There are always reasons to learn. Those who give up (in anything, or everything, for that matter) make me truly sad....
9AndAHalfDigits
on 09/10/13
pydsigner and 1 others liked this  
Also, for the naysayers of algebra and the like, I use algebra nearly daily. I am not a scientist, teacher, or mathematician. I most often use algebra when figuring out the best deal at the grocery store. Sad is the day when a child can't figure out a math situation without a calculator. My daughter had a teacher in 4th grade who made math ridiculously complicated. If she ignored the teacher's rambling nonsense, she could read the lesson and 9 times out of 10 figure out the lesson herself. If she couldn't do so, I would show her 3-4 different ways to approach the problem to figure out what made the most sense to her mind. As a result, she was testing at high school level math in the 4th grade - just by teaching her to think in different ways. Realizing that many times there are multiple ways to approach a math problem led her to deduce that if one way doesn't work, try a different angle and you may succeed. Things like this are being lost in the education system.
9AndAHalfDigits
on 09/10/13
BlueArctic2013 liked this  
Reading all the responses below makes me truly, truly sad at how lazy our nation has become. I use cursive all the time when I write. It tends to connect me to the deepest parts of my mind. For the people who say today's society will never put pen to paper, I feel truly sad. How will you record your personal thoughts, as in a journal? A computer's hard drive can fail. Printed pages can get lost. Writing thoughts in your own handwriting in a bound journal will provide a record for you, and perhaps in the future, will connect you with future generations who can go back and read something you wrote yourself, and feel truly connected to you, knowing that you once held the book they do, pen in hand, writing. I can't imagine not having this connection to the past, personal or otherwise.
leogirl817
on 09/10/13
BrittanyHunter89 and 1 others liked this  
I think cursive writing is an art that should be continued. I've been writing in cursive since 4th grade.
silencebabyy
on 09/09/13
Rainbowdrymouth3 liked this  
i dont know.. besides writing our signature we dont really use it unless its a personal preference. i remember in elementary they were like you have to write like this in high school and when i got to high school they didnt even care. i noticed some people dont even really use cursive for signatures any ay. a lot of people never learned how to so you know they just do their best. apparently though cursive writing helps us focus or something forgot the reasoning behind it
Crell
on 09/08/13
Lmelaku406 and 2 others liked this  
How do you write your signature without cursive writing?
CornPicknDogLvr
on 09/08/13
pydsigner and 3 others liked this  
Please tell me whoever said "What's cursive writing?" were joking. I mean, they were, right? That's just...disturbing.
I'll be really irritated when it's frowned upon to write cursive, because half the U.S. can't read it. And don't think I'll stop writing it just because people were too lazy to teach it!
AugustaJ
on 09/08/13
pydsigner and 3 others liked this  
Penmanship is something that has been around for centuries, without it, where have we gone?
AltimaG
on 09/08/13
BlueArctic2013 liked this  
i think cursive writing is a good idea, some people can even read it lol
kelsieilesha
on 09/07/13
pydsigner and 9 others liked this  
The 3% that voted "What's cursive writing?" terrify me.
How do you not know what cursive writing is?
SuperSwag825
on 09/07/13
tfjparadise liked this  
My son is 14 and attended private and public school. He has never been taught cursive and thus he cannot read it. However, he can type faster than anyone I know and is a master computer wiz. All of his assignments are given via email and returned via email or upload. I so wish someone had taught him cursive along the way. All of his friends print too.
usedtobe
on 09/08/13
Rainbowdrymouth3 and 1 others liked this  
you could have taught him
damon1419
on 09/07/13
what is 'cursive writing? :O
iwalton290
on 09/07/13
pydsigner and 3 others liked this  
What we need is an education system that teaches truth and moral absolutes!
usedtobe
on 09/08/13
pydsigner and 2 others liked this  
We need parents who parent then teachers can teach.
yankeesgirl2323
on 09/07/13
Nasrin786 and 7 others liked this  
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kariejp
on 09/07/13
pydsigner and 2 others liked this  
Even with all the information and research about why cursive should not only be taught but taught first? People who can read and write cursive have no problem reading print but the opposite is not true. My children are learning cursive first and doing wonderfully.
ladydanielle2006
on 09/07/13
pydsigner and 5 others liked this  
I write in cursive regularly, and expect my children to learn it as well, even if I am the one to teach it. You cannot replace a kindly well penned note from someone else. Children should be taught BOTH cursive and proper typing skills.
TericDragon
on 09/07/13
Vangamer and 3 others liked this  
I think we should do both. Teach how to type correctly, AND teach cursive. Many, many adults use cursive. It is much faster than printing each letter individually. It's also important to be able to read cursive.
pydsigner
on 09/12/13
I stopped using cursive for a long time, preferring using a computer or printing. In college I've started making my text somewhat flowing just because it's faster, and electronic devices are not allowed by some of my professors ("you'll learn better if you write it down").
erimicheller
on 09/07/13
Rainbowdrymouth3 liked this  
Some people can't even read cursive, even if they were taught it.
murkywaters786
on 09/07/13
pydsigner and 2 others liked this  
What if they decide to major in history? Older documents are all in cursive.

And what if they come across others who DO write in cursive and they have to read it?

I recently bought my child a book for science, and a lot of it was in a CURSIVE font!
BabySnuggles
on 09/07/13
CatSwag752 and 5 others liked this  
I am an adult and write SOLELY in cursive. Yes, computer skills are obviously useful in today's age but cursive isn't obsolete unless we make it so, by eliminating it from classes. Besides, I had computer skills as a junior high and high school class so it is 100% possible to teach both.
johnthequeensguy
on 09/07/13
9AndAHalfDigits and 4 others liked this  
I feel the same way about math. What are you going to do with Algerba, or Geometry? You are only are going to teach it to students that hate as well. As early as the second grade, kids should have a mock check book. Teach them how to balance a check book or write a check.
Lauri
on 09/07/13
I don't get the point of place value either, not once in my adult life have i ever used placed value.
usedtobe
on 09/08/13
9AndAHalfDigits liked this  
You must not be a scientist or work in mathematics.
countryrockdude
on 09/08/13
harley1956 liked this  
YES! I'M THE ONLY YOUTH IN MY CHURCH WHO KNOWS HOW TO WRITE IN CURSIVE!
1Rodzilla
on 09/08/13
Purplerosesrus liked this  
Yes of course
angela088
on 09/08/13
pydsigner and 1 others liked this  
cursive is extremely important in every day use. So many kids these days hardly know what cursive is. Cursive uses both sides of the brain therefor making the child's IQ increase from the usage of working both sides. I was raised with only using cursive and so will my kids. Don't take that away from our children.
IsmaelMacalla
on 09/08/13
YES
uknowkno
on 09/08/13
sorry
triathlon29
on 09/08/13
mom2FABfour and 2 others liked this  
It actually concerns me far more that kids today don't know much more practical skills than cursive: skills like cooking, fixing things, cleaning, finances, and farming. Thing that aren't taught in school but should be. If we should bring back anything it should be home economics and shop.

A renew common sense. When schools are banning tag there is something wrong with the world.
Jayunit4021
on 09/07/13
SilentDragon and 44 others liked this  
Oh... just think of how embarrassing it will be in 100 years when no one can walk into a museum and read the ORIGINAL documents that our founding fathers wrote. Or the census records. Seriously.... just think about that. I don't want my grand daughter to experience that kind of ignorance. Ignorance seems to be America's new best friend.
dman10257
on 09/08/13
triathlon29 liked this  
According to your logic we should go back to old English to read the original Shakespeare correctly, or Latin and Aramaic so we can read the original Bible correctly?
erimicheller
on 09/07/13
People write in cursive differently. You can just tell. Some do it sloppier than others, some do it eligible, and others you just can't read even if it is perfect. Most times I can't even read what my mom writes in cursive. I highly doubt, even though I learned cursive in 1st grade, that I would ever be able to read those documents in the first place.
MelindaMP
on 09/07/13
Thank you for your comment. I agree 100%!
NikkiHoag
on 09/07/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
language, grammar, spelling, and writing all evolve. There's a reason we can't read literature from a few hundred years ago without serious deciphering. It evolves as our culture and society evolves. We have evolved beyond cursive, we have far greater skills we should be teaching our children (who will probably rarely write anything with pen and paper in their adult life).
momoon
on 09/07/13
mom2FABfour and 4 others liked this  
You said something close to what I was going to write. My friend took her daughter to the Museum of Natural History in NYC and each of the displays had wood plaque above written in cursive. Her daughter, not being able to decipher it, had to ask her to read it. Since she is homeschooled, that study will be added to her lessons this year. If you look at our history of cursive, we have been slowly fazing it out as our current style of cursive is more mundane than the Old English style.

I know for a fact that cursive is faster than printing. Many choose to be lazy by only writing emails, not written letters and they also rely on spell check instead of their brains. Eventually, we will lose this "art" of communication. Yeah to those who choose to take the easiest path (sarcasm) and yet the reward goes to those who choose the path less traveled. (Nod to Robert Frost.)
triathlon29
on 09/08/13
dc5523 and 1 others liked this  
Writing emails isn't lazy, it's efficient compared to pen and paper. I can save a tree and have my message delivered instantly instead of days from now without having to pay for it.
stefy311
on 09/07/13
tfjparadise liked this  
AMEN!
dmridley51
on 09/07/13
tfjparadise liked this  
Couldn't have been said better! I was thinking the same thing.
damon1419
on 09/07/13
tfjparadise liked this  
yes!!
Savingandy
on 09/08/13
9AndAHalfDigits liked this  
sometime there's nothing better than getting a handwritten, note in the mail.
sbbrewerst
on 09/08/13
My son is being homeschooled and I have included penmanship in our lessons.
Umpqua
on 09/08/13
Lmelaku406 and 1 others liked this  
No need for cursive writing anymore. I say start teaching typing earlier. The key board has replaced cursive writing.
SuperChouette
on 09/08/13
pydsigner and 2 others liked this  
Simply learning another way to write stretches the brain in an important way. It allows both the creative and the analytical mind to flourish. It has inherent value.
MichelleCB
on 09/08/13
yes its used more than you think
KarenMDavis
on 09/08/13
9AndAHalfDigits liked this  
The constitution and many other VERY important documents were written in Cursive, if a person doesn't know cursive, they must take another's translation of what it says, that is VERY dangerous to the American way of life!
shatabdi2me
on 09/08/13
Off course. It will improve the hand writing and make attractive.
lav009
on 09/08/13
No they shouldnt
nickjuly04
on 09/07/13
dc5523 and 4 others liked this  
Cursive is only good for signatures and art because it looks nice, but for regular writing printing is easier to read.
BrownieBlue08
on 09/07/13
9AndAHalfDigits liked this  
Some people's hand writing is the worst!!! They might actually write better in cursive...
nickjuly04
on 09/08/13
MoJoPo and 1 others liked this  
I've seen poorly written cursive too, so if people write poorly then writing in cursive wont make it any better...
airwreck
on 09/07/13
dc5523 and 3 others liked this  
Cursive is so horrible to read and a waste of time to read. Especially from most doctors lol
c984m836
on 09/07/13
MoJoPo liked this  
Agreed. On more than one occasion I've had to relay one doctor's message to a skeptical pharmacy, and vice versa, back to the pDoc's office multiple times, because clarification upon clarification was needed. "Clerical errors" I'm often told. Cursive is so illegible. A complete scribble. Hell, I scribble or merely write half of my name before I lose interest in routine---of which I assume is built around upholding some sort of literary romanticism or written sophistication---and then trail off with an annoyed straight line when I sign for things. If people need to sign autographs (as famous persons or for packages), then that's great, learn to write your name, but writing paragraphs and books in the form of illegible, squinty, slanted, confusing strokes involving this violent loops and zig-zags hardly seem that dire of a cause, in regard to academically needy pursuits.
aetswag
on 09/07/13
dc5523 and 1 others liked this  
It's just a style of writing, for Pete's sake. It would be an absolute waste of time to teach it in high school. Stuff similar to this is what's taught instead of what's really important.
MelindaMP
on 09/07/13
SilentDragon and 6 others liked this  
High school? It should be 2nd nature to write in cursive by the time you're in high school! We learned it in 2nd or 3rd grade.
CatSwag752
on 09/07/13
KirinoChan liked this  
MelindaMP.. LOL! You are right! That's what I thought when I read that comment! We learned to right cursive in 2nd or 3rd grade too! And I remember being really excited to learn how to write in cursive! Before learning of it, I remember scribbling all over paper pretending I was writing in cursive.. :)
andersont202
on 09/07/13
edera liked this  
the bible
c984m836
on 09/07/13
KirinoChan and 2 others liked this  
What?
guilhermeeyuiti
on 09/07/13
Of course!
srkking
on 09/07/13
sure
chipreal
on 09/07/13
kellyplease and 1 others liked this  
a world without cursive would be less shmancy.
cathy1979
on 09/07/13
I don't understand why hey would'nt want to teach it.
bubba815
on 09/07/13
yes
JAZRAJ
on 09/07/13
cusive is a sh*t
terry1905
on 09/07/13
Meloveply and 3 others liked this  
I was very shocked find my grand kids are going to be learning this so i will make sure they do. What is wrong with the the old ways. I hope they teach how to read a clock also.
edera
on 09/07/13
mom2FABfour and 5 others liked this  
I am Italian and I started 'printing' only here in America a couple of years ago.In Italy we use almost only corsivo (cursive)that we learn immediately in elementary school.After this poll I understand why for many Americans was difficult to read my notes at work!I do have a nice and clear writing,the point is that they did not recognized the letters, now I know that it is because you do not use cursive in everyday life!I feel so sorry thinking of the possibility that in a few years an entire nation will forget about this amazing and artistic old fashion way to communicate with witch we are able to show elegance and personality.
xMarioRx
on 09/07/13
mike832 and 1 others liked this  
Teach people on how to get a job, write checks, how buying something works (Houses etc.)
AngieGrabowski
on 09/07/13
9AndAHalfDigits and 1 others liked this  
Well I think it should still be taught, and I am teaching my son myself and he is doing a wonderful job, he can read cursive writing and write his own name in cursive, not bad for a 2nd grader
Jocoman
on 09/07/13
dc5523 and 5 others liked this  
How else will my children be able to give autographs once they're famous? A necessary skill!

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