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.
When researching my heritage roots, you need to understand cursive writing. It is Canadian history !!! It is the past, and the present and future all connects to help us learn what works for the now and the future comparing the past. History history history. This and maybe the flow of poetic and creative writing.
When you need to sign a credit card you don't want to do scribble scrabble. You want ot do a more professional way then just writing it in regular format. Then someone could copy what your handwriting looks like and then all your money is gone. So you should keep handwriting in schools and it will make a big diffference.
Personally, I can note that handwritten notes are not completed as fluently as I used to compose them. Handwriting, as anything else, is an art which has to be learned and practiced. The downside to becoming so used to the computer working for you is when the computer misses your mistakes. The word processing software is not perfect and often misses mistakes that we overlook and assume have been corrected. I struggle with this and tend not to proofread as carefully as I should. Another problem presents itself when writing to spell check is not available. Having been used to typing for so long, it takes an effort to write legibly and correct. I often find myself looking at a word and pondering: Is this how I spell this?
We have become sort of dependent on word processing. Because of technology, my writing has gotten more informal and it's easier to write in a personal or informal tone. Because I use technology to communicate to friends, and family, it is sometimes difficult to transition to scholarly, and formal writing styles.
Rhona Stainthorp wrote an excellent article titled: Handwriting a skill for the 21st century, or just a history lesson?. She dicussess the problems of on-line working, and if this practice has made handwriting obsolete. She also states that good habits are taught at an early age. She lists several good points on how handwriting should be taught as a specific course. "
“For the foreseeable future all children will be required to handwrite. This means they need to be taught how to form their letters efficiently, legibly, flexibly, comfortably and at speed.”
Stainthorp R. Handwriting: a skill for the 21st century or just a history lesson?. Literacy Today [serial online]. December 2006;(49):22. Available from: MasterFILE Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed January 21, 2014.
Both cursive and print should be taught in the classroom. It doesn't take much time, and surely students may choose which works best. I teach second grade and the students practice printing. The students in my district are taught cursive in 3rd grade. I personally use both cursive and print.
Without cursive, kids won't be able to read historical documents. For example the Constitution, or the Declaration of independence. I realize that many are available typed, but the ability to read the actual document yourself is far better. Also, I realize signatures are easy enough t learn alone, however how will they copy legal statements like the one every high school student who takes the SAT, ACT or any AP test must do? Many say the time should be spent on extra spelling because kids are so used to automated spellcheckers. However, that is precisely why spelling should not be furthered, after third grade, when will they hand in an essay that isn't typed? Cursive, while also not typically used for essay writing, is an invaluable skill to know if only to read the writing of the children's grandparents and teachers.
The keyboard age has no requirement to think in complete thoughts - or even to think before writing. There is always the backspace key, spell check, even if it offers the wrong 'there, their, they're' for use, and edit as if the mistakes never happened. Anyone that has written in cursive, especially with a pen (even more so, with a fountain pen), knows that you had best start with a complete thought and a purpose to your sentence. When the disjoint, change direction in the middle of the sentence, keyboard way of writing starts intruding into the spoken language - and it has - moving away from teaching cursive is, in my opinion, a clear mistake.
If you can't write it you can't read some things even Birthday cards, your Signature and notes and letters are in cursive . I was at a Birthday party for a 10 year old who could not read his cards because people wrote to him in cursive it is sad.
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.