I love cursive. I do use some print letters -- the capital S in my first name, lowercase Z, any Q --because the print versions just look better to me. I do think cursive needs to be taught in schools because there are and will always be occasions when one needs to write, not type on a keyboard or device, and it is so much faster & easier than printing for most people. My sister almost exclusively prints because her handwriting is atrocious & no one can read it, but she chose to do that rather than try to improve her handwriting. And I think it's important to learn for the historical context. I wouldn't spend hours a day on it, but I think kids should learn it. Tiven's last two report projects were required to be written in cursive and she was so proud of herself that she didn't have to rewrite either of them because she formed all of her letters the correct way!
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My husband signs with an absolute scribble, I have tried at home mucking around and can sign a scribble that looks enough the same as his. Mine is in cursive though when I am doing large court documents the end starts to trail off a bit after about 100 pages.
I have many clients ( many with low literacy levels) who sign official documents with print I have seen many with just a first name as well and this has sufficed on official documents.
I think it is sad that some schools aren't even teaching cursive anymore. Even if you don't use it often I think it is something that everyone should know how to read and write. I tend to use a mixture of both.
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Why sad? Is the disuse of the abacus sad? I don't get an emotional attachment- very strange to me.
It does not make sense to think less information or skill is good. If you learn cursive, then no harm is done. A few years spent on learning a skill that could prove useful later on. However if you do not learn cursive, there could be many times that you regret that.
ETA - Think of how many people on this board said they write in cursive? Do you not want your child read that many people's handwriting?
Last edited by Potter75; 07-03-2013 at 07:32 PM.
Its not like its Chinese. Do you really think most reasonably intelligent people can't figure it out? That surprises me. I trust their intelligence enough to know they will be able to read it. No one ever "taught" me to read elaborate styles of calligraphy - but I can quite easily.
plus- great aunt Hilda won't be around either cursive is dying, just like she will.