Saturday, April 9, 2016

Handwriting

Saturday is random picture day. I keep hearing in the media that cursive is no longer taught. And most of the time, the work I see from students is printed. But one day I had a class of seniors, and I was surprised to get work back that had been done in cursive...


Apparently someone is still teaching it. And some are still using it.

Do you still handwrite things? Do you think they should still teach children cursive?

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41 comments:

  1. I rarely hand write things these days; mainly my shopping list :) Its a lost art, isn't it? I remember the days of learning cursive and us making countless pages of circles (I think to strengthen our hand and finger muscles). There is benefit to knowing cursive, but thinking it will be obsolete some day soon.

    betty

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    1. Yeah, I never see it used in class. This day was so unusual. (And I was looking for something for H day...)

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  2. When I was a beginner, learning cursive, my teacher told me that my handwriting looked like chicken scratch. I'll never forget that. It hurt. Although, today, I'd have to agree with her. My cursive writing is pretty indecipherable

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  3. they absolutely should because it develops kids' skills with hands and precision which is what they need at that period of life when they're still clumsy

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  4. No. Burn all mentions of cursive. Delete it from memory. Anyone who tries to teach it gets arrested and banned from teaching.

    I really, really hate cursive. If you hadn't realized.

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  5. really do not have an opinion on this

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  6. I do think they should still teach it. It's a shame they don't.

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    1. Apparently, they teach it somewhere...

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  7. I think cursive should still be taught and I still use cursive at times. Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. ~Meg Writer‘s Crossings

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  8. Hello, here from the A-Z, and rarely need to write anything by hand, but sometimes still do just for the pleasure of it. Love to receive handwritten letters/notes, but that is a rare pleasure now. Good penmanship is a thing of beauty. I would say yes to teaching it still, but can't help feeling that it will be obsolete very soon.

    Great choice of word for your H post.

    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
    Madly-in-Verse

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  9. it is so much faster and shows such personality. still taught here in oz.

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    1. Faster? The reason I stopped handwriting and started printing was because it was easier for me to keep up with fast teachers taking notes.

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  10. I think they should still teach cursive. Knowing how to create a certain text font by hand is a useful skill to have.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. I'll have to look up S.E. Hinton on Twitter!

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    1. Totally. And many fonts are in cursive.

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  11. Oh definitely should still be taught. If I ever have kids I'll teach them at home if not in school. Even if not used in every day life I think it's important to be able to do things like reading old letters or historical items. I can read and write it though usually when I'm writing mine is a meshing of print and cursive. My mom and gram both send me letters on a regular basis and both in cursive :)

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  12. I recently retaught myself cursive. It was something which I was taught at school but I struggled with the particular style we were taught. I've recently joined a pen pal group and wanted to make my handwriting look prettier so I just googled different styles til I found one which fit and forced myself to use it all the time.

    Now I love it. I think it's beautiful to see a whole page of cursive, flowing handwriting and surprisingly enough, I find it much quicker to write notes at work than printing since I don't need to life my pen off the paper.

    That said, it's crucial to have the right sort of pen. A nice ink pen or smooth biro is much easier than something scratchy that keeps catching on the page. ;-)

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    1. That's funny. I always found cursive slower going that printing, which is why I print everything nowadays.

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  13. If they don't teach cursive people will eventually forget how to read it.

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  14. My grandkids were taught how to write in cursive but it is not longer being taught in my school district. Neither of them use what they were taught now though. Mostly they type and print it out. I still write in cursive at times. Usually thought I print!

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    1. I print, too. Glad they were taught it, but I think it is going away.

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  15. Sad to say I never use cursive anymore (unless writing my signature counts...). I remember taking the SATs and we had to write out a paragraph in cursive. The whole room needed extra time because we hadn't used cursive in years!

    Sarah Foster
    Stormy’s Sidekick!
    The Faux Fountain Pen
    @Sarah_A_Foster

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    1. I don't either. I barely remember how to do it. (But I can still read it.)

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  16. I still use it, an old habit perhaps. I think is't a great discipline for kids to learn, good for brain development,artsy, but sadly cursive is dying.

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  17. I handwrite whatever I can. I prefer it, actually. And I do think it should be taught in schools. I was pleasantly surprised to find my niece learning cursive last year in school.

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  18. Teaching cursive is part of the curriculum here. But they've changed the style since I was a kid and it seems hard to me. Because I hardly ever write in my day to day life (except shopping lists) my handwriting is dreadful now.

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    1. I barely remember how to form the letters. I print everything.

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  19. How can they not teach it? All signatures are done in cursive (unless you are a doctor then it's just a scribble.)

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. I don't get to the elementary schools, so I have no idea if it's still taught.

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  20. I am a firm believer in the teaching of cursive. Today, just as one example, I spent some time in the North Carolina Museum of History. They had an exhibit of some historical documents (including a document written by George Washington) - almost all of them written in cursive. Could you imagine only a specialist being able to read these? Granted, we don't read historical documents in our everyday lives (well, most of us don't) but can you imagine someone who might not even be able to read family letters from a generation or two ago? Part of our common history will be lost forever. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, apparently that's the way things are going. I have this magnet I use for my name, and every day, someone wails that they can't read my name because it's in cursive.

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  21. I don't handwrite many things. However, I do like to handwrite note in cards and I do use cursive for that.

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  22. I'm pretty sure cursive is still taught here in Britain although I might be wrong! There are occasions when things have to be hand-written and cursive is so much quicker than printing.
    That's Purrfect

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  23. It should absolutely still be taught. Why would we embrace a form of illiteracy? Cursive is everywhere; kids need to know how to read and write it.

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    1. I don't know if it's everywhere. I'm surprised by how many commenters support it.

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  24. It is the stupidest thing to get rid of cursive. There are major documents written in cursive, letters, family history...you name it. I think whoever decided to not teach this should be shot....just saying:) I do still write in cursive..in fact, I wrote my A to Z lists in cursive first

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  25. I still write in cursive from time to time, especially in cards or letters because I like my cursive better than my very plain print. I think it should still be taught and I would teach it to my children.

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