I am a high school sophomore who goes to a small, rural high school of 308 students and 22 teachers. This year, I began writing all my assignments in cursive. I originally learned cursive back in second grade. As it is no longer required to be taught, our school district discontinued the teaching of cursive. Second graders are only taught how to sign there name in cursive now. I love cursive, and I think it still should be required as it is more authentic and official.
I have like two different types of handwritings, one that's print and one that's cursive. I like my cursive one better. Cursive looks really pretty and in some cases, more professional than just print. But you can write any way you want. I don't think cursive is best, I just think it can be pretty useful.
Several decades ago, cursive writing was an indicator of one's level of education. In contemporary society, however, in which the majority of communication is typed rather than written, cursive writing has outlived its purpose. Handwriting is no longer viewed as an art form but as a utilitarian form of communication. This is evidence in the evolution of school awards. As recent as a couple of decades ago, students were awarded certificates for neat hand writng. No such award exists in contemporary schools. Print is the fastest and most efficient way to write, rendering cursive obsolete.
Cursive is *just one* form of script writing, and far from the best of them. Italic is far more legible, quicker to learn and easier to teach. Cursive has a nasty tendency to degenerate into that illegible scribble for which doctors are notorious, but not alone -- which has caused thousands of death from "medical error". Just ask any nurse or pharmacist. We'd do better to teach the kids Italic from the start.
I write in italic handwriting, the efficient common ancestor of today's conventional cursive and print-writing styles. Italic — the standard handwriting of the Renaissance — resembles a semi-joined, streamlined print-writing. Its characteristics appear today in the handwriting of the fastest, clearest handwriters as they subconsciously abandon the conventional styles. To learn more about italic and the reasons for using and teaching it today, visit these sites: http://www.BFHhandwriting.com, http://www.handwritingsuccess.com, http://www.briem.net, http://www.HandwritingThatWorks.com, http://www.italic-handwriting.org, http://www.studioarts.net/calligraphy/italic/hwlesson.html
Writing in cursive is just normal people writing with the two very important differences. One being that you put in all these loops and swirls and lines that aren't supposed to be there, and the other being that it takes longer. So no, I like to stick to writing the non-crazy way.
I find the whole Exersize of writing in cursive both pointless and slow. Except for in actual handwriting classes I never wrote cursive in school. I write in all capitals and have since I was about 10 years old. It makes my writing more legible and I find it less painful to write that way. If I write cursive my hand gets to sore I have to rest after each word.
I remember in school a long time ago they did make us write in crsive, so I do have the ability to write in cursive, I just truly hate it. I always try whern I'm trying to be fancy, and well I have to when I'm doing an official signature, but it sucks! My handwriting has always been a bit eccentric to say the least. It's just better for everyone involved that I write in print.