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Cursive writing may go the way of the abacus. Will literacy go with it?

Updated on July 29, 2013

Cursive writing is out!

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Rumor has it

Within the last month I began hearing that some school districts are no longer teaching cursive handwriting to second and third graders. I thought the “powers that be” must be crazy! After all I learned to write cursive and it is part of the learning process. I remember those grades in penmanship. I never received more than a “C” in penmanship. After doing research on the possible extinction of cursive handwriting, I understand the logic but still have reservations.

Writing section of SAT

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Cursive writing on aptitude tests

One article I read described how SAT graders evaluate written portions of the exam. Well written cursive could receive a higher score than poorly crafted cursive because it is easier to read. Unless test takers are allowed to use electronic writing devices, it could take longer to chisel out hand printed paragraphs. Who is to say someone’s printing will be any better than that person’s cursive. The long period of transition from handwritten essays to electronic preparation of essays could be disadvantageous.

Code used to write by teenagers

Does cursive writing impact literacy?

While it cannot be attributed directly to the use of electronic devices, tweeters, Facebookers, texters, and other technology users have come up with their own coded language that does not include the formal, correct spelling of words. The Hip Hop and Rap genres have their own system of spelling words. Teenagers and many young adults see no need to use proper grammar or correct spelling.

Warning: No Ur Akcronems

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What does the future hold?

Throughout time inventions have changed the way we communicate and do daily tasks. I think of the first automobile, the first airplane, the first computer, and the first space shuttle to name a few. Time will tell how cursive writing is viewed and how the lack of it will impact literacy. Will there be a socio-economic impact?

Will elimination of cursive impact literacy?

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Cursive handwriting may go the way Of the abacus. Will literacy go with it?

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    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      12 months ago from Fontana

      Thank you for reading shanmarie! I stopped writing articles about 3 years ago.

      Because kids bring cellphones to class, administrators say give them assignments that can be done on the cellphones. That is a stupid idea. Not all of the kids have cellphones.

      I taught choir and was told to give a multiple choice test every Friday! I was told to have the kids read. We were reading sheet music! Duh!

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      Shannon Henry 

      12 months ago from Texas

      Interesting thoughts. I was saddened to learn that my children would not be focusing on cursive in school the way that we did. Although, my cursive and print both are atrocious if I am in a hurry, and I don't do some of the capital cursive letters as taught.

      I never thought about it as a literacy issue, though. Not to that extent, anyway.

      P.S.- I am interested in your articles, but I guess only your featured ones show here?

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      ankita 

      4 years ago

      how are you and what is your name

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Shyron, my aunt was telling me that some people would urinate on the cotton to make it weigh more. It had to smell awful.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      No Diane, he did not win, I thought he was the best. Thanks for the complements.

      Yes, I am a southern gal, worked in the fields every day, when I was little. You can see me in the cotton field in Mama and the Prowler, so I know what your parents went through. I picked as much as 300 pounds in one day, that was my average.

      I don't want Cursive writing to die, it is an art form.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Eric, I am not one to approve. My fourth grade teacher said I write like I have a disability.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am working on it at this silly hour. So brutal. My K's are horrible and I do not know what to do with my O's.. I get the Y's but am stumped on the Z's and the X's. My little d's look funny and my f's just aint right.

      But I am trying Ms. Diane.

      Oh you should see my q's.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      OMG Shyron! I know you are proud of him. The rich texture, ease of transition to head tone, and diction are great. He has a beautiful warmth to his voice. Did he win? We have Pacific Idol twice a year. Sounds like you are from the south. My parents worked in the field and missed a lot of school.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      It gets harder and harder, it is like we are going backwards.

      But I can understand that. We did not have much when I was a kid.

      Rough going most of the time, nothing but work from dawn to dusk.

      My grandson sings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQh5wAPfDWE&fea...

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Shyron, they keep coming up with "new strategies" that make no sense. I teach piano class. I was directed to lecture on Mondays, with students taking Cornell Notes and then writing to show they understand. On Fridays I must do multiple choice and essay exams to enter data on computer. Piano would be played Tuesday through Thursday. The only time kids have to play is during class because they don't have pianos at home. Anyone that plays an instrument or sings MUST practice daily and, preferably at home to reinforce class.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Diane, I read this and it makes me so sad. I love beautiful pennmanship.

      Unfortunately, with the people who want to do away with public schools in charge our children will not longer be taught much of anything.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you for your opinion on my looks Eric. God looks on the heart for beauty which is a good think!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My darling I am amazed at your beauty: would you please just sit back with me and relax: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMsS7q7tpXU

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Hi again! I don't know what the deal is with REPLY. My father started teaching me cursive in 1st grade. I always got C's in penmanship. My dad didn't write well and he was left handed. My dad balled my little hand into his so I never learned to hold the pen correctly. Cursive - We should not stop teaching cursive. Kids are murdering the English language on social media. When I attempt to get them to write, they write as little as possible to get 'er done.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That crazy reply button is not working right. So I said "let us go visit Diane" What a pleasure.

      I am guilty as charged here. I started printing in 3rd grade. But I got knuckles that make elephant feet look gentle. I think I will re-teach my self cursive. Probably be good for me. My oldest sister and my other two sisters do calligraphy. When ever we had guests over they would make place cards. I saw one at an old friends house from 50 years ago.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      It's so overwhelming. I have no idea.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      What can we do about it.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      And with the system of spelling that is used on the Internet ... FI!!!

      :-) - FI for "forget it"

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome, I think all of society misses out without spelling and writing.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Shyron, I think with the high rate of illiteracy kids lose an opportunity to learn how to spell words. Thank you for your comment.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Hi diane, the loss of cursive writing is tragic, to me it is an art form.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you for reading Mama Kim.

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      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      I'm not sure how words are written matters when it comes to literacy. However learning to write cursive does impact a part of the brain that could use some stimulating in young minds.. much like learning a foreign language helps student's brains perform better in other subjects.

      Also... if a parent is truly concerned that not learning cursive will put their child at a disadvantage then they should take it upon themselves to teach them. ^_^ We do teach them to walk and talk after all... what's a few curvy letters ^_^

      great hub! voting up!

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Express10 thank you for your answer. Yes there are districts that on't teach cursive. I've watched recorded music go from black lacquer to digital and I suppose that is a good thing. It is convenient and you don't have to store a lot of records. The writing thing ... I just don't know.

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      H C Palting 

      5 years ago from East Coast

      I think that not teaching cursive handwriting will impact literacy and comprehension in a variety of settings. There are already many children and adults who read at levels below their true potential and removing this from schools is no help at all. I didn't know that it's already been removed in some schools...so sad. Perhaps the schools will see the error in their ways and change at some point?

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you for answering Kris! I want to keep an open mind. I can think of a lot of things that need to be addressed.

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      Kris Heeter 

      5 years ago from Indiana

      My sister and I were just having a conversation about this a few weeks ago. I have a young family member in a school that is no longer teaching cursive writing. I was so surprised. It will be interesting to see where this all goes.

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