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should cursive be taught in schools today?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/21/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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alecialadd120

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yes i thing that cursive writing should be taught in schools. this is for a 20 page argumentative essay im writing in English.
EtinArcadiaEgo

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I will be arguing against the teaching of cursive handwriting in schools. I'd like to thank my opponent for posting this debate and hope the best argument wins.
Debate Round No. 1
alecialadd120

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EtinArcadiaEgo

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I'd propose two possible reasons for cursive being taught in schools, both of which are problematic. The first reason is as a useful skill. The second reason is as a kind of art.

In regard to teaching cursive as a skill:

-This skill is not useful in contemporary contexts. Cursive was created for speed and to avoid pen lifting in a time when quill pens were in use. [1] We no longer use quill pens, so there is no advantage to writing cursive over printing letters.

-There are other skills that should be prioritized over cursive. Computer literacy would be the foremost. There is a potentially long list of other skills that would be more useful than learning cursive.

-Handwriting classes penalize students for a lack of hand-eye coordination instead of actual academic or cognitive skills. A student who otherwise would make honor roll for earning high marks in math, science, and language arts could be denied honor roll simply because his handwriting isn't beautiful.

-Success is not guaranteed by studying this subject. Cursive writing, because it is less standardized, can be less legible than printing. Students whose handwriting looks like "chicken scratch" do not necessarily improve legibility by studying cursive. Moreover, students with legibility issues would be better served by leaning to print clearly.

-Cursive can actually get in the way of success within our current societal system. All matter of government, commercial, and academic forms specifically prohibit using cursive and instead demand that individuals print. We should not be teaching a skill that might actually interfere with a critical job or university application.

Another argument might be that cursive is an art form ans should be studied for its beauty and grace. This, however, is also not without problems.

-As an art form, cursive is an element of calligraphy and IS, in fact, taught in art classes. In such a case, though, the term "calligraphy" is more appropriate than cursive given that this art is taught using a special calligraphy pen and goes beyond what is taught in a handwriting class to make script all the more beautiful with extra loops, curves and other florishes of the pen.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org...
Debate Round No. 2
alecialadd120

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alecialadd120 forfeited this round.
EtinArcadiaEgo

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My reasoning from the previous round stands.

I have nothing to add at this time.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by 16shulj 1 year ago
16shulj
Cursive should be taught in school. It is important for children to know how to write and read cursive because historical documents such as the Constitution are written in that form. It is also important to learn cursive so the individual knows how to sign their name.
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