My 15 year old son can barely sign his name in cursive and does all his writing in print and I find it maddening that kids aren't taught how to write well. His writing is like reading that of an inattentive 5 year old, yet he's extremely bright and does very well in school lol. Yes, I know we are in a modern age of computers, gizmos and gadgets, but isn't their something nice about handwriting? It's more personal and you can tell a lot about a person from how they write. It's also hard to decipher this half print, semi cursive stuff young people do now.
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I so agree with this! It does seem like such a waste and the deterioration of not only writing, but the language as well - ugh.
Another excellent point. I went to private school and we had penmanship, phonics, and spelling all as separate courses. I've always been an excellent reader and I always credited the well-rounded focus on both reading/writing I received.
I guess I just have a love of cursive because it flows and is more artistic than block print. I hope kids will learn decent handwriting skills there may come a day when they want to use it to impress someone with something personal again :)
I got good at reading student writing, too, Amy, and among 400 or so students over time, had just 2 cases of bona fide dysgraphia. Know how I knew? Their writing was awful 100% of the time. Others could write better with effort. Unfair, but true.
Wow peach, your son is one of very few then who is still being taught that skill. I hope he enjoys learning it - one day it may be a precious commodity :)
I req'd my 8th grade Engl students to handwrite everything (unless lesson focus was MLA style format). Was my honor to see hand-crafted thoughts. Tons of personality comes through. Hard enough to assess essays. Word-proc papers wld have made it #@%!
doctor's excluded :) - I agree that handwriting bears more importance than we tend to give it. I wish it wasn't being neglected as it is.
Great point with the "new math" and calculators. It just doesn't make sense to me that we are allowing language and writing to become obsolete. One day it will be one of those cool "forgotten" arts and maybe people will fall in love with it again.
agreed, I love it when people can write legibly.
I hear you with the art of conversation. I find myself having to look up different sayings and abbreviations people use. Sadly, the art of conversations do seem to be dying. How ironic in an information age we struggle to communicate.
I've read somewhere that changing handwriting actually reflects your mood - so if your signatures change it may be corresponding to how you're feeling at the moment. Interesting so many different requirements in different states.
Thank you for the excellent answer and link, I definitely still write often in notebooks, although the quality of my handwriting has definitely declined due to all the typing I do. I like to write sometimes just to practice and keep the skill.
Creative writing would be another great subject to have as regular practice in schools for sure.
Ok, not sure what this has to do with cursive being taught to kids, but interesting feedback.
I see your point but agree to disagree, I think writing by hand is far more valuable and shouldn't just be relegated to history - it's what connects us with our history after all :)