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How important do you feel it is for school children to learn cursive writing?


Also known as "long hand" writing, this technique for penmanship has been around for ages. In this age of txting and electronic signatures, some people believe cursive/long hand is archaic and unnecessary. What do you think?

 

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 4 years ago

    Cool!


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 4 years ago

    Au fait, our feelings on this subject sync almost entirely. Thanks for sharing.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 4 years ago

    Victoria, thanks for answering. My question was inspired by a local school announcement they are doing away with cursive writing; it is refreshing to hear not all teachers think it is is useless.


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    So true easylearningweb!


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Excellent point, IDONO!


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    Laura Schneider 4 years ago

    I totally agree! There are so many new things to be learned that children of yesteryear didn't need to know that some things have to give way to the modern world's new need-to-knows in order for our kids to learn it all. Sports, music, and art, too.


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 4 years ago

    JLopera, great points!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    For how long do we teach kids archaic knowledge as a required part of the curriculum? I know cursive, and can't read German newspapers from 125 years ago, nor can I read my grandma's Germanic cursive, for example. Exposure I favor, but not mastery.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Good points!


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    the50marathons17, I am a novelist, and when I get an idea at night find it easier to jot down my thoughts than run to the comp and bring up my word program. So yeah, I think it comes in handy.


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    Victoria Lynn 4 years ago

    What about signing their names or writing in class? Printing takes forever. Or being able to read people's writing? It seems to be a skill they need.


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    kallini2010 3 years ago

    Nowadays (in my son's school, they are not allowed to write in pen. Pencil only - and it is Grade 5.) They don't leave enough space between lines - and everything is a mess. How can anyone study like that? The result is as messy as the method.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Cursive, even/especially written by masters, is just plain hard to read, too. I looks beautiful, but it is an inferior form of mass communication whose time has come to let go of. It should be optional, an elective class.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 4 years ago

    Laura, I have always found writing cursive superior, faster and allows for more artistic penmanship than the print children are forced to learn early on.


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 4 years ago

    cjarosz, I think so, too.


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