The death of handwriting?

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    Sep 20, 2009 1:21 PM GMT
    This article by the AP, via MSNBC, suggests that cursive handwriting is dying out. We had another RJ thread on this topic, but I couldn't find it, so I put this in a new one. Perhaps someone can link to it.

    I went to school in an era when cursive was a formal subject, with a workbook and set rules. I can foresee that by the end of my life (60 now), younger people may not be able to read my writing if I use cursive.

    I can imagine a future need for cursive translators, since a huge body of original English work, from the late Medieval to the present, has been written in cursive. Even our own US Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, will require experts to read.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32925695/ns/us_news-education/
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    Sep 20, 2009 1:28 PM GMT
    My hand hurts after I write for more than 2 or 3 minutes.

    I don't know how I managed to write for hours in my school exams all those years ago.
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    Sep 20, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    crtrainer saidSignatures too? That's cursive.

    I see plenty of signatures now that are actually printing, done in a scrawling style that sorta looks cursive. In fact, for years many signatures have been little more than the proverbial "X" mark that people who couldn't write at all were once told to make on documents.
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    Sep 20, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    Meh, who cares. I never liked handwriting. In fact, it was always quite horrible. Cursive is nearly impossible to read unless you're reading your own writing! The world is better off printing lol.
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    Sep 20, 2009 3:55 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidWe had another RJ thread on this topic, but I couldn't find it, so I put this in a new one. Perhaps someone can link to it.


    I plugged the word 'cursive' into the forum search and found it:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/613599/
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    Sep 20, 2009 4:08 PM GMT
    I saw this article a few weeks ago talking about the lack of "penmanship" training in elementary school and how it is now only taught in the 3rd grade. The reasoning given was that most children are being trained on the prevalent technologies being used in the market...ie computers. The ability to write cursively is not a needed market skill and has been relegated to a minimal level of instruction. The idea is to teach kids the ability to reason, analyze, communicate and compose, not to worry about the "style and aesthetics" of how it is presented, because it is assumed that it will always be on a common platform...such as on a computer in e-mails, or in Word documents, or as a text message, etc. The article went on to state that the proficiency exams are being phased in so that by 2012 at the 3rd grade level, all children will be taking the tests on-line and a handwritten test will be a thing of the past. ...maybe the trend started in med schools many moons ago, when their prescriptions and signatures became illegible hieroglyphics....LOL!

    I think it is sad that handwriting is a dieing skill. I wonder what will happen to all those "handwriting analysts". Is calligraphy also going to die, since it is a specialty of handwriting styles? Caslon? any commentsicon_question.gif
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    Sep 20, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    Only cavemen still make scratches on compacted dead cellulose. *sniff*
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    Sep 20, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    In the Year 3000, while visiting the museum..

    Person 1: What do all those squiggly lines mean?

    Person 2: I have no idea. But I think there's an app for that.

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    Sep 20, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    I used to write in cursive but people used to complain when they were copying off me in tests.
    I ended up using plain block letters for most of my education. I am just to generous
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    Sep 20, 2009 11:12 PM GMT
    They also don't teach kids latin anymore, or how to use a cotton gin! What is the world coming to?
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    Sep 21, 2009 12:52 AM GMT

    Death of cursive? Lol, til the power goes out.
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    Sep 21, 2009 1:31 AM GMT
    Once in a while an old nun sends me a letter written in cursive. It's adorable.
  • Webster666

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    Sep 21, 2009 1:31 AM GMT
    Interesting.
    I can remember seeing a typewriter that typed cursive letters. This was years ago, of course.
    With almost everything done on computers, it is certainly possible that cursive writing will die out.
    BTW, I used to get compliments all the time about my beautiful penmanship (cursive writing).
    Just sayin'...
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    Sep 21, 2009 1:32 AM GMT

    Those nuns and their habits, eh? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Sep 21, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    Those nuns and their habits, eh?
    Yeah, I just texted her: "LOL u so sw33t i cud jst eat u up!" And she replied back, "Shorty doan read dat shit LOL!"
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    Sep 21, 2009 1:43 AM GMT
    Handwriting is such a art and I love it. I highly dislike how nowadays people lack proper handwriting skills thanks to the computer.

    You see a lot of chicken scratch these days or what I like call "Doctor's penmanship". The computer does everything for any yahoo from correcting grammar to giving suggestions whereas if you had to write you are forced to think how it sounds and looks.


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    Sep 21, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    I was going to make sport of the time my boy-genius nephew told me I write a lower case f in an old fashion manner, but I cant find any examples online to show you how I write a lower case f. So maybe it is old-fashion and out of date. I presume it was the way I was taught in school.

    Handwriting, however, is a bit of a misnomer. It isnt so much a function of your hand, as your mind. It is more a mind-print. We all know how our handwriting changes with our emotional states. That is why handwriting analysis is so revealing about a person, in general...and at a specific point in time. Liars often give themselves away with a handwriting sample.
  • UVaRob9

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    Sep 21, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    This is sad to hear, but not surprising. I actually used to like writing notes down in class and whenever someone borrowed my notes, they'd comment on how easy they were to read. I had really nice handwriting, from what I was told (especially for a guy). Even when I go to Target or the grocery, I still take a Post-it and write down what I need; for me it takes less time than going into the Notes app on my iPhone.
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    Sep 21, 2009 6:51 AM GMT
    I don't think hand-writing will die out. How will you take your shopping list to the supermarket?
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    Sep 21, 2009 7:11 AM GMT
    We can appreciate the originality of the writings if it is made from handwriting..icon_smile.gif


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  • jrs1

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    Sep 21, 2009 7:16 AM GMT

    I have penmanship that readily makes it known that I might indeed be gay. I write like a ' digitally-aware ' adolescent girl. it used to get me mocked ... daily.
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    Sep 21, 2009 7:18 AM GMT
    I use cursive all the time its good for quickly jotting down stuff.
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    Sep 21, 2009 6:13 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    meninlove said
    Those nuns and their habits, eh?
    Yeah, I just texted her: "LOL u so sw33t i cud jst eat u up!" And she replied back, "Shorty doan read dat shit LOL!"


    I bet she wrote that in cursive too. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 21, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    As a boy, cursive writing was something I enjoyed doing long before the advent of the computer, since I had relatives living abroad to whom I wrote letters.
    Back in my schooldays, teachers always made emphasis in composing essays "In your very best, neat handwriting" and one teacher had a reputation of striking off an entire page if she wasn't happy with it. Nowadays I consider handwriting as more of an art than a means of communicating. After all, a message looks so aweful with crossouts and misspelt words scattered here and there on the page.
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    Sep 22, 2009 8:04 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidThey also don't teach kids latin anymore, or how to use a cotton gin! What is the world coming to?



    um, SO not the same thing.


    While I do not often write in cursive, my handwriting reflects the knowledge of cursive, as it is a mixture of script and print, I definitely think it awfully important to continue teaching kids how to write. For goodness sake. In a global computer meltdown, heaven forbid. They'd all be screwed.