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Cursive

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Started: 6/4/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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willtreaty1156

Con

Many people don"t know that cursive isn"t used past
their school years. Teachers say that you"ll need to know it in order to keep up with college notes. Yet many college students say they did not use cursive at all, and did just fine. Cursive takes a lot of time out of the already short school day to learn. Most people argue that if you didn"t use cursive, what would you use for you signature. But did you know that many people don"t use cursive for their signature.
Many teachers tell their students that they need to learn cursive for many things like your signature, and "Other stuff." People seem to think that you have to use cursive for your signature. But according to Ed Johnson; (He"s a lawyer) "Federal regulation, 1 U.S. Code merely states that: To write one's name to an instrument of writing in order to give the effect intended; the name thus written is called a signature. So the signature does not have to be cursive."
Signatures only have to be a distinct way of writing what you"re recognized by. For some it"s their name written in an unusual way. For others it"s a shape that can quickly be drawn.
Some people don"t even write their names and just randomly scrawl. Alexander I of Russia signature
Bogcha

Pro

I will present my case in stages, but first I would like to develop a bit the meaning of the word cursive, in order for CON to understand what it means.

Cursive: The Meaning and Understanding of this Allusive Word

Definition: "also known as longhand, script, joined-up writing, joint writing, running writing, or handwriting is any style of penmanship in which the symbols of the language are written in a conjoined and/or flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster." [1]

Arabic Language
As you might be aware {if not just google Arabic writing and press pictures or look at [2]} the Arabic writing (usually seen in earlier texts but carried forward into today's writing) is composed of a letter joining (or cursive) type of writing allowing the reader to easily read the letters as well as follow through the paragraph/writing.

Cursive Greek
As mentioned above in regards to the Arabic writing, Greek cursive was developed and used mostly in the ealy ages of writing, where individuals would write on papyrus a little bit slanted (italicized), now that writing being developed in a cursive reflecting the Western Countries (ie. Canada/USA) [1]

Reasons for Cursive being Removed
In the 21st century, where individuals have diverted from the use of a pen and paper and mostly relay on computers to write (I know I am part of that majority hehe) has created this "gap" between letters (literally hehe) which has been induced from an early age into the young ones severely crippling their abilities to write by hand. Some examples can be associated with "messy writing" this is due to the pen/pencil being constantly be lifted off the paper in order to write/create each letter. This method takes time and cannot be used in case where lots of information has to be documented over a short period of time (ie. go to a lecture and write by hand everything the professor says...). Another thing to add is that signatures will be easily copied/falsified due the exclusion of cursive writing not allowing the individual to have a personal standard when signing a document. [3]

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org...
[2] https://www.google.ca...
[3] http://www.todaysparent.com...
Debate Round No. 1
willtreaty1156

Con

willtreaty1156 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
willtreaty1156

Con

Teachers also say that you need to write in cursive in order to keep up with college because the teachers go fast, and you need to be able to keep up. But what is the point of going fast if you can"t read your notes? Some people can do cursive, but others can"t get the loopy letters and the curves down. (that is all cursive is) So they end up with really sloppy writing that they can"t read which doesn't help then at all. So you either have fast sloppy writing that you can"t read, or slower (or in some cases faster) easier writing that you can read.
"I do not write in cursive," says Kiran Pattani, 20, a freshman at George Fox University in Newberg. "I just feel printing is easier, and easier to read as well."
She like many others feels like cursive is to hard and frankly not worth the results. In the average class there is usually some kid who can do cursive great, and then there are kids who can"t do it so great.
Bogcha

Pro

Con,

You have obviously not been able to disprove me with your arguments from this round. The intent of having brought up "messy writing" in my previous arguments, is due to, when writing in a "typing methodology" where each letter requires a space between in order to form a word, it creates a stress on the hand, increasing the time it takes to finish a world compared to someone writing cursive. In conclusion, having to constantly give space between letters decreases the amount of information that you can write in a X amount of time, therefore resulting in messy writing. So, messy writing arises NOT because of cursive. [2]

Here are some benefits of cursive writing:
- Writing in cursive has been shown to stimulate the brain development in areas of thinking, language and writing memory; [1] [2]
- Cursive handwriting stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres, something absent from printing and typing; [1]
- The physical act of writing in cursive leads to increased comprehension and participation; [1] [2]

" Interestingly, a few years ago, the College Board found that students who wrote in cursive for the essay portion of the SAT scored slightly higher than those who printed, which experts believe is because the speed and efficiency of writing in cursive allowed the students to focus on the content of their essays." [1]

[1] http://www.nytimes.com...
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org...
Debate Round No. 3
willtreaty1156

Con

willtreaty1156 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
willtreaty1156

Con

willtreaty1156 forfeited this round.
Bogcha

Pro

The Instigator (CON) has forfeited 3 rounds.

VOTE PRO!! :)
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by philochristos 1 year ago
philochristos
So, what exactly is the resolution? Is it one of these?

1. Schools should not teach cursive.
2. Society has no use for cursive.
3. There are no benefits to learning cursive.

Or what?
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