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    Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    created by Savann96 6 days 20 hours 54 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    It seems that a lot of kids these days aren't being taught how to write in cursive, and this is explained through the fact that in relying so much on technology, a signature is just a matter of typing in your name. Because they can't write it, they can't read it, and I've heard the argument that if people can't read it, then they can't read important historical documents, though I've heard that things like the Constitution are now written in print to accommodate for that.

    What do you think of all of this? Were you taught how to write in cursive? Do you think it's just a dying form of writing? Let me know what you think, and have a good Tuesday!

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hey Savann,

    I was taught to write in cursive. I think it's a beautiful way to write. I understand that it's not as relevant as it used to be, as most people communicate via technology. I've also heard that along with no longer teaching cursive writing, people aren't being taught to mail letters or send anything via mail.

    I don't really have an opinion about whether or not it is taught in schools, because I understand both sides of the argument. However, it's something that I plan on teaching my daughter at home, because I think it's a beautiful way to communicate.

    Thanks for the forum!
    Megan

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hi Savann,

    Cursive writing is still taught in third grade at the school where I work. But, it is a subject of much debate! A few years back, the administration wanted to do away with it and the parents actually came together and petitioned for it to stay on the curriculum.

    I have mixed feelings on it. I support writing instruction for sure. Where I work, it is pretty formal instruction and I hate to see too much time spent on it nor do I like the fact that it can still be a graded/evaluated "subject". I think a general knowledge, exposure is fine. I think most adults, myself included, do a mix of manuscript and cursive when writing. And of course, it isn't as relevant in the age of technology. On that note, keyboarding skills are desperately needed!

    Thanks for the forum,

    Auntiec

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hi Savann,

    I was taught to write in cursive in elementary school. I loved learning to write in cursive and I think it still need to be taught to students today. In the state where I am from many schools do not teach cursive writing anymore, well I will say its not part of the curriculum.

    I have often wondered how will a child sign his or her name if they are not being taught how to write in cursive.The technology age that we live in is good for a lot of things, but some of the old fashion ways remain the best to me :)

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hey Hey!


    F#ck yeah I write with f#cking cursive! Its the sh*t! Huh? Oh cursive as in the fancy, loopy writing? Sure I can do that too. ....B@lls!

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hi,

    I know how to write in cursive, but I am surprised how many people my age cant read or write in cursive, and to take it a step further, people my age have issues with analog clocks, which I find odd. I only write in cursive when I sign my name, I think writing in general is taking a back seat to typing.

    Max

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hi Savann,

    I know and like to write in cursive. I think it’s fancy and it’s useful when I need to make a card for a friend or something artistic. I was running late for a wedding yesterday and didn’t have time to buy a card. Instead I wrote on the front in the best cursive I could “congrats on your special day”. I then put a border around it and it looked nice in my opinion. If I didn’t know cursive I don’t think it would have looked as good.

    I think kids should learn cursive, even though it seems many don’t know it. I kind of have the mind set that most people I know don’t frequently use it. I’m a little surprised when people can read it. Cursive writing can almost appear as a different language.

    Thanks for the post!

    ~Jon

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Interesting topic!

    I was absolutely taught how to write cursive, and we were required to write written responses and essays in cursive for practice. Even though the only time write in cursive now is to sign my name, I will always know how to read and write it.

    I have to say though that it's only been really helpful for reading birthday cards from my grandparents, which are always in cursive. I don't really see the benefit of teaching cursive in depth to kids, but it doesn't hurt either! Exposure to the material is really all that's needed, knowing how to read it is probably more relevant than knowing how to really write it.

    Jess

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hey Savann,

    Yes I was taught cursive and I do like to write in cursive. We live in a small town and all three of my kids were taught cursive in school, because the teachers they had still felt it was relevant.

    Technology does make it easier not to have to write in cursive, but I think it is important to be able to at least know how to write in cursive even if you do not use it everyday.

    Thanks for the forum,

    Karen

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hi, yes I was taught cursive but I don't use it unless I have to. Though I believe it should still be taught in school. My grandma writes every letter in cursive and I have a hard time reading all of her words, but my mom can always read it.

    - W

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    For signatures, I feel cursive is good so that others will not be able to write your name the same to verify documents but besides that I am not sure of the real need for it. I was taught cursive.I think all things and well most life skills should be taught away from the computer. Kids can learn the rest later about technology, but have computer time as well. Random thought: I think typing is a great skill to have.

    Nice post,

    Destiny

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hi Savann,

    I was lucky and was able to learn cursive, but I think my school stopped teaching it two years after me. I think that we should still learn cursive briefly; at least enough to be able to read it, and to have the ability to sign our names in cursive. Plus, reading cursive feels more personal to me (my piano teacher wrote everything in such neat cursive and I always admired how well it was done). Not to mention that good cursive looks very pretty :) I don't know... I guess I would just hate to see it die out, and I can't imagine not being able to read cursive.

    Thanks for the post!
    helppleasepharm (I wish I could sign this in cursive)

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Good morning, Savanna,,

    Yes, I was taught to write in cursive in elementary school. To this day, however, I can honestly say that I don't use cursive except when I sign the back of a check that needs to be deposited in the bank.

    I am thankful that I was taught this art, though. I still receive many handwritten letters and cards from family, for special occasions, and they are almost always written in cursive. If I had not learned how to read/write in cursive, it would have made it difficult, maybe embarrassing, to have to ask someone else to interpret the card/letter for me.

    I hope all schools continue to teach cursive writing. It is distinctive and looks nice, too.

    Thanks.

    Jon

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hey,

    I remember in elementary school they made a big deal about us learning to write in cursive. I don’t exactly see the reason to learn it because you only use it when you have to sign a form. Most people just scribble there signature anyways. So I never seen the point to learn cursive, it’s kinda a waste of time.

    -Regiknee

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    I was taught to write in cursive and I do think it has value, though perhaps should be considered more art in the way that calligraphy is taught.

    I remember having a stand-off with my teacher about the letter F. My first and last names both begin with that letter and I HATE the way it looks in cursive. So I refuse to write it that way and instead opted for a larger version of the lowercase. Obviously she had to correct me because yes, I was technically wrong, and she made me write 3 pages worth of "I will write capital 'F's properly" (or something to that effect, I don't exactly remember the phrase) during recess. I did it for assignments but continued to write my name that way I wanted and I think she was content with that compromise.

    As far as reading comprehension goes I think learning cursive helps one understand handwriting in general. Especially in jobs where you have to transcribe (or even read) a handwritten memo.

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hey!

    I know! its crazy that school these days don't teach cursive. I was taught all through elementary school. I love writing in cursive and think they should add it back to the curriculum.

    Have a good one

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hi Savanna,

    I was taught to write in cursive in the 3rd grade. I never had any refreshers or have had to use it since then, but I do like the way it looks. I don't know if it's important to know how to read cursive, but I do look down on people who can't read it at all (rude, I know, but I can't really help it).

    Nowadays, my handwriting is a weird mashup of print and cursive. As long as I'm not in a hurry it looks pretty cool. It is easy to use and it looks nice. I like the way that it flows while still being legible.

    Re: Were you taught how to write in cursive?

    Hi I was taught to write in cursive and I’m better at cursive than print. The program I used though was a homeschool program and they were very into cursive especially in high school they start teaching it at a young age in kindergarten. I think it’s sad that not many people can write in cursive.