Can you write and/or read in cursive?

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    May 24, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    I stumbled upon in an article in my hometown's local newspaper that said the county school system has officially abolished the teaching of cursive effective the 2011/2012 school year. They decided to remove it from the curriculum saying it was a waste of time and unnecessary these days.

    Oddly enough I know many school systems have done something similar. It's hardly taught anymore. It was already diminishing a bit in the early '90s when I was learning it. I think now they just teach enough cursive so that kids can establish a signature because that's the only time you ever really use it in this day and age.

    To me handwriting is a personal style, so it's never made much of a difference to me to see people write in cursive or in print. My handwriting has switched back and forth between the two over the years. However, I started using cursive more often in college because it was faster for taking notes in class. Plus I think my handwriting is quite lovely in cursive!
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    May 24, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    I wrote strictly in cursive until I was 8 and switched to public schools, then I had to get used to writing normal. I felt like I got dumber for that. Cursive seems better to me still. Might start writing that way again just for my own personal notes and lyrics and whatnot.
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    May 24, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    yup, the question should be is if I can read/write my own chicken scratch cursive lol
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    May 24, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    My normal handwriting is a hybrid of many odd things, including cursive (when we learned Greek in High School it permanently messed up how I normally write my d's and b's too).
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    May 24, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    Oddly enough my print handwriting is more like italics. My letters are slanted and often modified cursive letters.
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    May 24, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    I can write it but rarely can I read someone's that is good enough to be legible icon_razz.gif

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    May 24, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    i can if i write slowly, man i remember all those classes growing up where it was obligatory.
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    May 24, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    Oy, it was hard to take a decent pic of this with my phone. Oh well, you get the idea of how it looks!

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    May 24, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    I love writing. I think it's fun actually. It is sad to see how many people have don't use it often and on top of that most people can't even read their own handwriting let alone have someone else read it. The death of hand writing is mostly caused by computers I would think.

    I have this nice talent of having more then one type of hand writing and also being able to write with both left and right hands equally. Most people can't do that.
  • needleninja

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    May 24, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    i can read it a bit. but write it.....i dont even know where to start.
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    May 24, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    Handwriting will always have its place. There will be times where you don't have a machine of any kind on hand. Not to mention some things are just easier to write by hand than to bother to type out.

    I could never get into bringing my laptop to take notes in class. For one thing, it sucked to schlep it around in its own special bag in addition to my regular school bag. Not to mention you're always at risk of having it stolen in public. Then you have to power up. Then you have to hope the desk you have is big enough to hold your laptop. Then you have to be the freak who types loudly (at least I do) in the middle of class. Then of course you have to power down at the end of class! In the time it takes to do all that, might as well just write notes the old fashioned by hand.
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    May 24, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    Used to teach cursive...
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    May 24, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    write a little bit of both printing and cursive... everyone says I have super nice hand writing but when i go fast, I write in cursive.

    I'll never forget my 3rd grade teacher saying "you'll want cursive to write faster when you're older"

    isn't that da truth mrs. hagen
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    May 24, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    I cant read my cursive, so pref not

  • May 24, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    I can read and write cursive, but seldom do. It's all I can muster to stay away from block letters at work. I speak cursive really well though.
  • jagjock

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    May 24, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    Oddly petite in a daily mix of the two, my word are formed with both cursive and block letters. In my line of work I have a very unique ability to write in beautiful cursive. Oddly people think girls write my thank you letters but alias it's the tattooed guy sitting in a polo
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    May 24, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidOy, it was hard to take a decent pic of this with my phone. Oh well, you get the idea of how it looks!

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    It's so pretty!
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    May 24, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    pocketnico saidOy, it was hard to take a decent pic of this with my phone. Oh well, you get the idea of how it looks!

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    It's so pretty!


    Mercy buckets!
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    May 24, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    vain_nayias saidyup, the question should be is if I can read/write my own chicken scratch cursive lol
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    This is Russian cursive! I recognize that from the article on Wikipedia :-p
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    May 24, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    Yep I can icon_smile.gif
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    May 24, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Russian cursive is absolutely stunning. I LOVE writing in Russian.

    *not my handwriting*

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  • jkwbb004

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    May 24, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    I dont write in fully on cursive. When Im taking notes or just jotting something down. Its like a hybrid of cursive and print. When I am writing for my class or modeling proper writing I usually do all print.
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    May 24, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidI stumbled upon in an article in my hometown's local newspaper that said the county school system has officially abolished the teaching of cursive effective the 2011/2012 school year. They decided to remove it from the curriculum saying it was a waste of time and unnecessary these days.

    Oddly enough I know many school systems have done something similar. It's hardly taught anymore. It was already diminishing a bit in the early '90s when I was learning it. I think now they just teach enough cursive so that kids can establish a signature because that's the only time you ever really use it in this day and age.

    To me handwriting is a personal style, so it's never made much of a difference to me to see people write in cursive or in print. My handwriting has switched back and forth between the two over the years. However, I started using cursive more often in college because it was faster for taking notes in class. Plus I think my handwriting is quite lovely in cursive!


    Thats really bad in my opinion. Everyone should know how to write in cursive..I've been writing this way since elementary school and I like it...but soon paper writing will cease to exist so I guess it wont matter anyway.
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    May 24, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    I had to stop and think to remember how to write in cursive. It was funny a skill I used almost everyday when I was younger, had gotten pushed back so far in my mind.

    It got me thinking, how long before things like cursive writing that were once so commonplace are nothing more than outdated relics of the past?

    Even simple things like times tables and simple addition. Our parents can still spout of the answers like clock work. We can with a little thought, and our younger siblings are looking for the calculator app in their cellphones.

    While I know that this isn't the case with everyone everywhere, but I see it all the time and in a way it scares me.
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    May 24, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    I used to always write my checks in cursive because that's how I always saw my mom do it growing up. She's the type that writes a check for almost everything she buys. It wasn't until I saw my roommate in college write a check in print that I thought, "Holy shit you can do that!!" I always would have to stop for a second when it came to writing a capital F or some other letters that are goofy. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif