I have learned cursive writing since I was in first grade if not then second grade. I think that writing cursive makes you write like a professional. This would help student prepare for college or high school when they are required to write cursive. Once you learn how to do it, then it would be a natural habit for you. I am 17 years old and when we were required to write in cursive a lot of kids did not really know what or not sure how to write it.
Students should definitely be taught cursive. When I was in 1st & 2nd grade all I remember was being forced to write cursive and I loved it. Now that I'm a sophomore in a school with about 2000 teenagers, not even half of them know it and I find that ridiculous. Cursive is not a hard thing to learn and is looks more professional. So in my opinion, yes students should learn cursive.
Yes, cursive writing should be taught in schools.You may not have noticed but cursive handwriting is quickly becoming a skill of the past. Many schools are choosing to eliminate handwriting instruction from their elementary classrooms. Controversy is growing over the role handwriting and keyboarding instruction will have in the classroom, particularly in the elementary grades where students are still developing their reading, writing and motor skills. Elementary school teachers attest to students often having trouble with the same letters since preschool. Introducing another writing form gives them the same leg up on printing as foreign language does with English-grammar learning for native born speakers. It reinforces their learning.
What if you have to sign your name on something important. You could be i trouble if you don't know how to sign your own NAME! Cursive is a life skill needed to get important documents validated. Lets get Kids into schools every where. Cursive is not only a skill but an art form.
Cursive should be taught. How is your signature on legal document be done? Long again there was printing cursive and then you could take in high school Short hand or typewriting class to help with papers for college. All students should know how to write. Social media is taking away humanity and no one knows how to talk face to face or write no one knows how to spell. A HUGE PITY
For people a disability such as dyslexia print writing can be confusing because many of the letters such as b and d look similar. Cursive writing is more fluent and the letters are vastly different making it easier to write with. Print writing is also much harder because when you are writing with it is very choppy where as cursive writing is moor fluent and easier to write with because you don't have to pause nearly as much.
Those who lack the skills to read and write in cursive will also be unable to read and thus comprehend The Constitution of the United States and The Bill of Rights. It is inviting illiteracy that would result in an under educated population and a fatal step backwards for society.
First and foremost I must say that writing cursive is fun and it would be a shame to deprive students of this opportunity. When you write, cursive flows more smoothly and is easier and faster than printing. Always there will be need of writing notes, lists, maybe a novel on the beach, who knows. And what about signing documents. Printing your name on legal forms looks uneducated and that would be because it is. It is almost a joke to me and a sign of stupidity that this choice is being made. Not everyone has a computer all of the time. I hope this will be reconsidered because it is definitely putting the student at a disadvantage.
I teach students who cannot write in cursive, thus they cannot read it. They cannot read historical documents and require others to interpret these for them. They are made dependent through ignorance. To discontinue cursive is to trust others with the interpretation of our civil liberties and history.
We stand to lose much of our history. We could not decipher hieroglyphics not because Egyptians ceased to exist, rather because they stopped teaching young scribes and priest how to write them. Within a generation the knowledge was gone - their civilization followed. We stand at the same crossroads.
I think that kids should should be able to read cursive. Because so many people use it.I feel that cursive is important. Cursive is important because
people need to able to write faster and it is good to use for test. And when you are in a rush. Thanks - Me
There are people who have beautiful handwriting that do not write in cursive. I don't think it's necessary. I think we should spend more time teaching our kids how to spell instead of how it looks when written on paper. A lot of schools around the country have poor tests scores and it's not because they don't write in cursive. Spend the time where it's actually needed.
It's going to be completely irrelevant within a decade, it's all moving to computers! You most likely carry a mobile typing device in your pocket! You could have a genius who is held back because he can't figure out a form of writing. Why should kids learn something that will be useless in a few years!
Cursive is pointless in todays time. it serves no purpose what so ever. schools instead should focus on making students more proficient in their core subjects such as reading, writting, and math. because when they apply for jobs and colleges they wont be tested on their cursive skills, but on how qualified they are.
It serves absolutely no purpose. The only remote possible purpose I can think of is to make your signature unique. However, my signature is not really cursive but it's still unique. It sounds like the original posters reason for supporting cursive is "because we like it". Well, I think swahili is cool to so can we teach that too?
Learning handwriting is hard enough for left-handed students, and cursive worsens the situation by forcing the pen to stay planted on the paper at unnatural angles. Typing, by comparison, is ambidextrous, accurate, and magnitudes faster.
To this day, nearly every book, road sign, web page, newspaper, legal document, or instruction manual is written in normal print. Cursive is just another form of calligraphy, and should be relegated to the history books.
That time should be spent on other more important subjects like math, science, grammar, reading, or even recess. Countries who are destroying us don't waste time on mandatory calligraphy classes like we do. Have it be an elective instead of a mandatory thing forced on students who are not inclined to learn that way and don't need the extra help.
Handwriting matters — but does cursive matter? The fastest, clearest handwriters join only some letters: making the easiest joins, skipping others, using print-like forms of letters whose cursive and printed forms disagree. (Sources below.)
Reading cursive matters, but even children can be taught to read writing that they are not taught to produce. Reading cursive can be taught in just 30 to 60 minutes — even to five- or six-year-olds, once they read ordinary print. Why not teach children to read cursive, along with teaching other vital skills, including a handwriting style typical of effective hand writers?
Adults increasingly abandon cursive. In 2012, handwriting teachers were surveyed at a conference hosted by Zaner-Bloser, a publisher of cursive textbooks. Only 37 percent wrote in cursive; another 8 percent printed. The majority, 55 percent, wrote a hybrid: some elements resembling print-writing, others resembling cursive. When most handwriting teachers shun cursive, why mandate it?
Cursive's cheerleaders sometimes allege that cursive makes you smarter, makes you graceful, or confers other blessings no more prevalent among cursive users than elsewhere. Some claim research support, citing studies that consistently prove to have been misquoted or otherwise misrepresented by the claimant.
What about signatures? In state and federal law, cursive signatures have no special legal validity over any other kind. (Hard to believe? Ask any attorney!)
All writing, not just cursive, is individual — just as all writing involves fine motor skills. That is why, six months into the school year, any first-grade teacher can immediately identify (from print-writing on unsigned work) which student produced it.
Mandating cursive to preserve handwriting resembles mandating stovepipe hats and crinolines to preserve the art of tailoring.
Handwriting research on speed and legibility:
/1/ Steve Graham, Virginia Berninger, and Naomi Weintraub. “The Relation between Handwriting Style and Speed and Legibility.” JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, Vol. 91, No. 5 (May - June, 1998), pp. 290-296: on-line at http://www.Jstor.Org/stable/pdfplus/27542168.Pdf
/2/ Steve Graham, Virginia Berninger, Naomi Weintraub, and William Schafer. “Development of Handwriting Speed and Legibility in Grades 1-9.”
JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, Vol. 92, No. 1 (September - October, 1998), pp. 42-52: on-line at http://www.Jstor.Org/stable/pdfplus/27542188.Pdf
Zaner-Bloser handwriting survey: Results on-line at http://www.Hw21summit.Com/media/zb/hw21/files/H2937N_post_event_stats.Pdf
[AUTHOR BIO: Kate Gladstone is the founder of Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works and the director of the World Handwriting Contest]
Cursive writing shouldn't be taught for a few reasons. The first is that all the new technology today doesn't use cursive, just print. Another reason is that "print is a lot faster than writing" -Ben Dover If class time was used to teach other subjects, test scores could rise. Lastly, teaching kids 2 "languages" can confuse them, at least it confused Ben Dover!
People who say that Cursive helps refine fine motor skills are wrong. Printing has both circular and lines in it while Cursive only has circular structures. Cursive was originally intended to speed up writing possesses but instead it is having the opposite effect on it. You can teach Cursive in schools but only to the point in where people can learn to sign their own name. Cursive is useless in today's day and age.
What's the point of teaching cursive? Students today have many new ideas to which to adapt, and teaching them a dying script makes no sense. Although I think students should learn how to READ cursive, for the sake of knowing what old documents are about, why teach them to write? Kids are tested on their literacy. It doesn't matter how you write it. Whether it's cursive or not, the same paragraphs have the same words and ideas. If you've seen the cursive kids write (or attempt to, really) it's far less legible. Instead of wasting time on cursive, teach kids today how to actually write. If your essays are pitiful, writing them in loopy script doesn't help much.