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originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: grainofsand
Ok, but kids still can't read simple cursive.
originally posted by: missed_gear
originally posted by: vonclod
a reply to: SaturnFX
I think we are losing these skills due to computers, electronic devise's..etc, we are handicapped to them. It's more of a general statement. I ran across a manual for shorhand the other day..that would be probably an obsolete thing.
I think cursive has style and art to it and should be taught..maybe I'm just a dinosaur
Year after year "Teaching to the Standardized Testing" became more and more important and now, this is about all that is taught.
Language and writing skills took the biggest hits.
originally posted by: grainofsand
a reply to: seasonal
Ever tried reading olde English?
Should we teach that in the UK so kids can read Charters and acts of Parliament from the 1500's?
All your old acts have been in additional printed format since the invention of the typewriter.
I think you just have some romanticised idea of cursive because aside from being slightly faster I see no need for it.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: markovian
If nobody learns it, how is it not going to be forgotten? Then everything that was hand-written before computers came along is going to be a closed book.
There does remain a practical purpose, because cursive is about speed. People still need to be able to write with a pen, for those times when a keyboard is not available. How can people write with any fluency if they're laboriously putting down one letter at a time?
originally posted by: Pillywiggin
a reply to: seasonal
Many schools no longer teach cursive. I think it is detrimental, because cursive helps the brain make connections in ways that typing and printing do not. This Ted Talk discusses it:
Jake Weidmann "Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century"
I can't get the link to work. If someone with more technical expertise could help, I'd appreciate it.
originally posted by: StoutBroux
Why is this in skunkworks??????? It's a fact, MANY young people can't read cursive, I have posted this in the past. Where I worked for some time, none of the high schoolers that also worked in the same department could read (or write) cursive and quickly stated so. Some gave a hap hazard attempt but gave up after only a few seconds. Since computers and electronics weren't used in that job, I had to start writing all my directive notes in print which took quite a bit more time than if I could have written in cursive. Most of the young people couldn't do simple arithmetic either. Tch, tch! I was aghast that these were juniors and seniors limited in basic intellectual skills.
The simple fact that even a little imagination could decipher cursive but there seems to be absolutely no gumption in the young people to do so is bothersome to me. The fact that the child couldn't read the info on the back of an old photograph is disturbing. It's not like it's hieroglyphics. It is a blocked mind that can't read cursive. It's necessary to be able to read it because there are so many things written in cursive.
Thinking that not needing to read cursive is similar to not needing to learn math since calculators are everywhere. Technology really can make the brain a very unused part of the body.
originally posted by: SRPrime
Cursive isn't any faster, this is a myth, you're also still plunking down one letter at a time.
There is a keyboard everywhere, or a voice recorder/microphone everywhere
Upper class people had better educations and wrote in script/calligraphy, lower class people wrote in print or couldn't read/write.