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Should cursive be taught in school?

I just learned my child's school will not teach her cursive. They are abandoning it for more relevant topics, such as typing and state mandated testing requirements. I am upset by this, as I write cursive on a daily basis and expect the school to teach my daughter the same things I learned in school. How can my child read a note I leave her if they don't teach her cursive? How can she sign a check or legal document when she gets older? Yes, I can print, but I don't often and shouldn't have to worry about how I scribble out a quick note. I suppose I'm asking for opinions, but I'd like to know the why behind whether you think cursive should be taught in schools or not. I'd like to gather valid points to take to the school. Thanks!

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I write in cursive everyday, as well as all of my technicians when they turn in their reports.
Medical personnel write in cursive everyday.
Legal documents written pre 1940s or so are written in cursive as well. The constitution is but one important document which everyone needs to be able to read for themselves and not depend on a translation.
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-Whether or not it is used much in school, it should still be taught.....along with spelling which appears to be in its way out due to auto-correct.
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-You have no idea how many applications I have seen over the years where they cannot spell or even print legibly. These are people who have graduated high school and some have attended some sort of college level schooling.
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What happens if the power should ever go out? These people will be screwed! You must know how to communicate legibly to those around you without electronics.
you could be stranded somewhere where you did not have access to electronics. it happens everyday.

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I agree!
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I agree 100%! Have you ever seen the movie Idiocracy? I honestly think that's where we are headed! lol Even people my age can't seem to wrap their mind around grammar, punctuation and spelling concepts. And applications and resumes!! OMG! I know exactly what you mean there. Do people really expect to get a decent paying job when they can't read or write properly? How many jobs depend on effective communication? Professional communication? These skills seem to be disappearing as well.
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I've not seen that flick but plan to.
I feel the same about mathematic skills in school. They are allowed to use calculators and do not have to show their work. They do not know how to multiply or divide unless it is with a machine. How can students possibly learn if they are allowed to cheat with a calculator? We were allowed to use them in high school, BUT we already knew how to do all of the functions.
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I am only 48 and this same stuff was happening 20 years ago with my nieces and nephews. Very few of them (and I have enough to fill a school) can write legibly or spell. Their notes look like something a 3rd grader would write.
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Agree big time!!!!!
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Up there, Cazaley!

And in Australian, that means, "Go get 'em, Yosey!" Agree with you 100%.

In "Yes Prime Minister", Sir Humphrey was deploring the British education system. He said, "They are socially aware, personally well-adjusted, but they can't read, write or do sums."

It's heading that way in Oz, too and, from what I read on the Net, the US is in the same boat.
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Dodgy, was it a big deal in your school? Learning cursive? Or just a basic quick given like ours?
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It was something we all expected to do and didn't seem to be a problem for anybody. Of course that was 70 years ago but we could all write by the time we were 7. I think we started out by using printing but went from their to cursive very quickly.
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Pretty much same for us..
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Same here as well. :-/
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There we go! And ynp is a youngster Eagle...Eaglet...:-).
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Well I am younger than OzMan but that's about it ;0)
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You're younger than I am.:-). ... I think....
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Hmmm...OzMan is older than my father....but not by a lot.

I am 48 witt...You?
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Crikey, Yos, I'm older than GOD, never mind your father.
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You are less than 190 yrs older than my father OzMan...but I do know I am younger than your kids.......
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less than 10!! NOT 190 ......... (omd that was a typo...)
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Lol! Funny typo!
I'm 53..aah.. Yep! Sry.. Always forget exactly, don't pay much attention..:-).
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Me either actually....Hubster is older (and so are all his siblings) so I am always the baby ;0)
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Not a bad thing.. Being an Eaglet..:-).
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Cursive doesn't need to be taught in school. Almost no one uses it anymore, so why bother teaching it?

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My company logo uses the Jeffriana font, which is cursive. Is it your stance that my company logo should be changed for dumbed down students? Learning cursive is proven to increase brain activity in students...that sounds like a good thing to me! Have you ever seen the movie Idiocracy? Yep, that's where we are headed...
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I use cursive every day. I don't know why dumbing down everything seems to be a solution for anything. If you are intelligent enough to read and write printing (this is grade three stuff) then you can elevate your own expectations to understand writing. Small children print. We expect more of people after that.
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I agree Taise :)
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I agree with Taise as well..
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Same here!
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No cuz it's not the olden days any more :D

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My company logo uses the Jeffriana font, which is cursive. Yes, cursive is more artistic than printing, but should students really not be able to read or write cursive?
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You are the reason whatever need cursive taight
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What?
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What?
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I believe that they should teach cursive. In high school or junior high teachers might require them to hand write essays written in cursive. So I believe that if schools are not teaching cursive, you should teach your child instead. Hope this helps :)

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One of the arguments is that handwritten essays are not typically required nowadays. Most teachers require essays to be typed, double-spaced, with certain margins. I can see how this is true, but it just seems absurd that cursive will not be taught anymore.
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Well, cursive is useful, but even people who know how to write cursive sometimes can't read what others write in it. My Granky writes things in cursive a lot, and I can't read half of what it says. Why don't you just home school her? Or do you expect others to do so for you? Not being mean or anything, but it's not like you're unable to teach her.

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I think home schooling is ridiculously bad for the social growth of children, so I love that my child goes to school and makes friends and learns acceptance. Yes, I expect teachers to teach...that is their job description. What would you expect teachers to do? Have their students watch movies all day or play on the internet for their education? Teachers are striking, demanding more money, yet they want to cut what they are teaching...not that I don't believe our teachers deserve more money for all that they do, but they need to do their jobs.
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So,so agree with you lynn!
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I meant home schooling as in when the kid isn't at school, you teach them how to write in cursive. You don't understand, do you? They're only paid to teach what they need to. They can teach more, but only if they feel they want to. Do you expect teachers to give the love that only a parent can? No. That's the parent's job. It's in the job description.
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Lol...touche! The problem is that teachers are DEPENDING on parents to do what they are supposed to. My daughter is in Kindergarten and struggling with reading a little. At the Parent/Teacher conference, her teacher told me I need to teach her to read. We read every night and often just for fun. I will read her a book and then we'll go back and she will read. Words she doesn't know, I have her sound them out. But her teacher told me that I am the one that needs to teach her to read. That's just ridiculous! And I told her that! Why should I have to take on the role of teacher for the topics that should be taught in school? If I have to teach my daughter cursive myself, I will, but I don't think I should. These state mandated tests they are focusing on are a joke and sticking to a curriculum that only teaches what is on those tests leaves huge gaps in the education that I think my child should get. The education that I got. Nowadays, I see high school and even college graduates that can't even proofread their own resume and that will only get worse if teachers don't teach and schools keep cutting what is taught.
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Well the teacher can only do so much. She'll listen to you, her mother more than she will her teacher. She understand you better. While a teacher can be a motherly figure (I called quite a few of my teachers and early age babysitters mom [including my male teacher, was very awkward, but another day, another story]), they only pay them so much attention, especially at an ealy age. And on the age, she's very young to be learning cursive, I didn't learn til about 2nd or 3rd grade. If you REALLY want her to learn to read (she should, I agree), then read her... Dr. Seuss books. Fun and still useful.
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Also, the schools only get so much money from the government, this is why donations are needed to keep from cutting things.
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I was taught cursive in the 7th grade. I don't think it is necessary..

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Could you elaborate on why not? Would you rather not be able to read or write it?
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I think not because seventh graders don't seem old enough to be writing like an adult should. They should be let off the hook since they're just 11-12 years old. They should be just reading cursive, not writing it. They're just not ready yet.
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Btw, I'd rather not be able to read it because when you're older, you'd need to sign taxes and papers and stuff, you can't just write in print.
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I learned cursive in 3rd grade...? School systems these days, man.
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In the 3rd grade??? O.O I couldn't even get my G's right when I learned it..
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I mean it was 15 yrs ago when I was in 3rd grade. I just assumed they still taught cursive at that age.
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See, I find it so odd that you didn't learn it until 7th grade. I learned in 2nd, maybe 3rd grade. I remember practicing my cursive, because I wanted mine to be as pretty as the teachers on the blackboards. I'm just a nerd like that lol You say that 7th graders don't seem old enough to write like an adult should...so an adult should write cursive? I'm not even 30 yet...don't make me feel old lol
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I'm only 22! I find myself writing in cursive often. It's faster and easier than print, to me anyway.
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Well yeah, since most adults have to sign taxes and forms. Most 7th graders don't have to. ( sorry for offending you about your age lol )
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Not offended...I'm turning 30 in a few months and I don't FEEL old, so it's a personal touchy topic lol I just feel like schools are setting up kids nowadays for failure. In the real world, the winners get the trophies, not everyone for just participating. I don't sign many forms, actually, and I work with contracts lol I sign my tax return once a year and maybe 1 check a month, maybe! Usually, my handwriting is a mixture of print and cursive, with cursive being dominate. I'd hate to think I'd leave a note for my daughter one day and she couldn't read it. Or that she wouldn't be able to read the Constitution. The movie Idiocracy keeps creeping to mind...funny movie, but if it becomes reality, I hope I'm not around to see that lol
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Wow! Not learn or not able to learn something as simple as cursive??
We started of in 1st grade immediatly to write cursive, millions of people over the years mananged to learn and ue it; why should kids all of a sudden find this so hard? And not teach it? Schools just keep "dumbing down", subject after subject, and spend waaaay too much time on everything except teaching!!
There's even Apps and programs that can be used to teach it on Pads!! At this rate... Pretty soon schools will just give up on teaching to write and read totally!
Sad!
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@lynn, 30 is Not old!!:-).
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Yay! lol
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30's are Good Years!!!:-)
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They're the new 20!!!
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Hmmm... since you're just looking for opinions. I work in an office environment and see documents come through all day long and it's rare that I see anything in cursive. Signatures are about the only thing... and even signatures are not required to be in cursive. I never thought about this topic until just now, but I believe that it's not as useful as it once was.

However, I don't remember taking all that long to learn cursive. Not sure why they would abandon it when it would only take a few lessons for it to sink in.

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An interesting conspiracy theory I found in a Google search on this topic stated that it is the governments intent for cursive not to be taught to this young generation, or those that come later, because the Constitution is written in cursive and they want it to eventually go the way of the hieroglyphics...lost language, lost art, what have you. Not sure I buy that, but it is an interesting point lol
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Please! No more conspiracy theories!! Oy Vey!
Agree with you nwarguy, it really is not hard to learn(although these kids sure seem to thinks so!), so what's the big deal anyway?
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Lol...I just thought that one was interesting...and a little based in truth, since the Constitution is written in cursive and if the schools don't teach it and the kids don't know it, they won't be able to read it.
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That part is true. Although.. Is cursive really that hard to read you think?
Mean if you don't know how to write it( which you know I think we should!!)
But couldn't you still read it? Eh, then again half these kids can't read at all! What am I saying....
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Lol so true! I remember, as a kid, after learning to print and read, I still couldn't read cursive. It just looked like a bunch of squiggly loops and lines. My older sister would intentionally write things in cursive, knowing I couldn't read it when I was being nosy haha Not sure if that's because I was so young and had just learned to read and write, but I definitely remember trying to be nosy and couldn't be!
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This reminds me of Animal Farm where only the pigs knew how to read. They'd change the words around and when "everyone" pointed to it, the pigs would read the changes that they made b/c no one knew how to read and couldn't remember what it said before.
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As a student, when I went into 9th grade, I was placed in the Honors English Program and remained there through the rest of High School. That Honors Program basically bumped us up a year, so that in 9th grade, I was doing the work of the regular 10th grade class and as a Senior, I was doing a college level course. Wouldn't you know that Animal Farm was a regular 9th grade requirement, so I skipped right over it and never had to read it? I really should read it...I hear references to it so often lol
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Read it lynn! Still very relevant, and actually a good book.:-)
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Oh yes, agreed with witt... It is a very good read. And I have a short attention span.
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I'm going to pick it up soon...or download it hahahahaha
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Don't do it in cursive!!! Haaaaa,haaaa!!!
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Many schools are doing this. Since everything can be done electronically, including banking, they have decided that cursive has become archaic. For me what I found to be the saddest thing is that they will not be able to read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. They will have to accept someone "translated" it correctly. It won't make much difference in now because there are people who can read it but what happens a few generations down the road.

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If you look at my comment under nwarguy, I pointed out the same thing lol They say great minds... ;) I love being intelligent enough to not depend on computers, smartphones and social media. What will this generation do if there miraculously is none of those anymore?
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I think we should teach them to at least read it, but I can't say much more than that, sorry :) I haven't used cursive since public school, and rarely even need to read it. Personally, when I hand write anything it's always printed and in all caps, as square and as straight as possible. All the loops and curls used in cursive sorta bother me actually :)

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I understand that cursive is viewed as an art form. Being the nerd I am, I used to practice my cursive, because I wanted mine to be as pretty as what my teachers wrote on the blackboards. I learned cursive in 2nd, maybe 3rd grade...a girl posted above that she didn't learn it until 7th...that just seems so odd to me. Maybe you don't use it often, but you do use the skill to read...things like the Constitution :)
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I learned in 3rd grade too.
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Reading cursive is definitely something they should still teach, but I'm sort of on the fence when it comes to writing with it. And I know what you mean about liking the pretty look of cursive, it just doesn't do it for me, that's all :)
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I work with Engineers...it seems that all Engineers have adopted your writing style. All caps drives me nuts lol
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Really? Huh, I'm cool like an engineer, awesome! Lol, I've been rocking the straight caps for as long as I can remember. It used to frustrate my teachers to no end, but I do what I want when it comes to learning stuff :D
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Rasted, you are cool on so many levels!!!
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Aww, thanks cuz :D I'm not talking bald eagle cool though, lol ;)
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Lol...I was also an English major, so that might have a teensy bit to do with it haha
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English was my absolute worst subject and I hated every part of it, other than reading some of the books. To be perfectly honest, I never quite understood the point of most of it. I always felt that once I could read and write I was pretty much done with learning English, and I didn't really take it much further than that :)
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I loved English, because it came to me almost naturally. I liked all the rules (and the exceptions to those rules) and that somehow spoke to the very core of me. I do remember wanting to be an orca trainer when I was younger (after an awesome trip to Sea World where I was the youngster that was placed on top of Shamu in the show). Once I started taking math and science and realized that I'd have to get a degree in Marine Biology, that went out the window pretty quickly lol
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I agree the education system needs help. Cursive SOUNDS unnecessary, but I agree that everyone should know how to read and write in it. Aside from being unable to sign papers or legal documents, it's also like being left out when it comes to history. It's in the past, but it's still important to know.

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I think they should teach it. I always write in cursive. I suppose they think it's becoming obsolete.

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I actually looked up "cursive" because such a big deal about it being hard etc. was being made and I thought maybe I didn't understand what was meant! Thought, weeel maybe it's something different than we learned in Dutch Schools?? Knew better; I really do not see why anyone would think this so hard to learn, and why schools need to stop teaching it. Can and should be done within a month or two Max! Sure, if one wants to be line-perfect-exact.. Takes more practice, but just basic Cursive??? It's just writing!!
Yes, it should be taught; it's an important tool to have for many reasons, whether one uses it on a daily basis or not. Please lets stop "dumbing down" our schools and focus on some basics!

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Darn tootin'!!!
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That's our Eagle!!:-).
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Yes!!!

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Why please? :)
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