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Handwriting is irrelevant

Hits: 25739 | Rating: (2.6) | Category: Community & Lifestyle | Added by: buddy
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Female, 18-29, Asia
 26 Posts
Thursday, December 14, 2006 8:44:36 PM
Interesting. Thanks for the feedback. :)

Male, 13-17, Europe
 12 Posts
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 10:50:18 AM
Mystery815: I am from Norway and never learned to print, I use cursive without problems (but it looks bad) but I read print faster.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 713 Posts
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 10:41:42 PM
Mystery815: When I was in grade six my teacher didn't know how to print like at all. He made us teach him how, I dont think he learned printing during school.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 713 Posts
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 10:37:52 PM
Before computers seemed to become really popular when I was in early high school I think grade 8 everyone used to print their assignments but I used cursive all the time. I used to get higher marks and then I started looking at other ppl with high grades and they all wrote in cursive too! I think teacher are (or at least used to be) biased against printing. I haven't written in cursive for years my computer is generally closer than real paper is.

Male, 13-17, Canada
 94 Posts
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 9:19:38 PM
I print all the time, and I type projects. Theres only one kid in my class that handwrites all the time, and thats because he doesn't have a computer. And like others have said, they told me "Everything will be in handwriting in Highschool" but I havn't used it probably since grade 5.

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Female, 18-29, Southern US
 11124 Posts
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 5:48:50 PM
I can print and write in cursive, but my regular writing is a mix of both.

I don't understand how people can forget how to write.

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 754 Posts
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 12:49:38 AM
I don't even remember how to write in cursive anymore let alone read it!

Female, 18-29, Asia
 26 Posts
Monday, December 11, 2006 9:42:51 PM
I see that there are a few Europeans on the message board, so maybe you can answer my question. A couple of years ago, I was taking a class in fine motor development. While discussing how to help children write, my professor mentioned that some European countries teach their children cursive before print. Apparently, it's supposed to be easier for the children because the movement of the pencil is more fluid and is therefore easier to control. From what I've gathered so far, it sounds like most of us learned print first. If there is anyone out there, European or not, who was taught cursive before print, I'd like to hear from you. I'm curious if you thought cursive what easier for you to write than print. Also, if you did learn cursive first, do you have the same problems with writing print now that many of us have with cursive today? Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 74 Posts
Monday, December 11, 2006 6:29:59 PM
well with a name like Fatima Nuzhat im suprised they know english at all.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 263 Posts
Monday, December 11, 2006 3:57:41 PM
its like caligraphy, after its worn its usefulness out, it bacame an art.

typing is more effcient and practical, therefore cursive shoudl go way of caligraphy. Those who desire to learn the simple art can if they wish.

We no longer need to teach it, instead focus teaching on faster and accurate typing. unlike me who sucks at typing because i never had a class in school.

see? i am proof that typign is needed in school more.

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 175 Posts
Monday, December 11, 2006 12:54:58 PM
oh, god. this reminds me of elementary school.

"learn cursive. you'll need it in middle school"

we never did.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 3672 Posts
Monday, December 11, 2006 2:46:57 AM
AT&T didn't mention this in their ad...

Female, 18-29, Europe
 1131 Posts
Monday, December 11, 2006 1:56:10 AM
Cursive is definately fading out.. I generally 'join up' my writing but it's hardly cursive.. it generally tends to be a mess of scribble in most cases. If I'm honest, typing is a lot better for me at least.. quicker and a lot easier to read. Also neater to correct, less paper used blah blah blah..

Although I don't think pens should be withdrawn completely. I'm a maths student and I've not yet found a quick and easy way to 'type' sums on the computer. Sure, there are some great packages out there, but none of them are exactly easy and quick to use without first having to learn all the keyboard shortcuts and codes and whatever. Nothing will beat a pen + paper for maths problems.

Male, 13-17, Western US
 134 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 10:10:05 PM
I, like a lot of people do my own style, kinda half and half. The l connects to the d.. but not the r or s ect.

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 862 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 10:09:36 PM
So true.
Hey cool!
My rating tipped the average up .1. That's never happened to me before.

Female, 13-17, S. America
 184 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 8:28:44 PM
I don't think cursive writting is irrelevant, I just think is becoming less daily and more of an art; I still handwrite my school notes and almost everything that's not really important, besides it is faster, and looks better.. well mine doesn't

Male, 13-17, Europe
 242 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 6:13:24 PM
Meh. I have to use a Laptop in school (age 11-16, for you people who aren't in England), because my handwriting is so bad that I can't even read it. Apparently it's because my left foot bends outwards, and 'cos it's all connected via the spine, my handwriting is screwed up.

Male, 13-17, Canada
 1599 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 2:26:52 PM
I know how to wright cursive i use it every day. I would type if i had the choice but i don't always havea computor handy in the middle of a class.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 657 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 1:44:18 PM
Learning to write cursive was probably one of the better things I learned in elementary school, other than basic math. I learned it in 2nd grade, dropped it by 3rd grade. Then in 6th grade I started using it again. I was in an advanced history class & the teacher would dictate our notes out to us. The first two weeks of class he'd write it out, but after that he expected you to keep up with his pace of reading. The whole point of cursive handwriting was to develope decent penmanship provide a faster way of writing because you don't have to pause & remove your hand from the paper, for notes & such. Those who wrote script often had better grades in class b/c they were able to write down all of the notes. Since I can't type faster than I write cursive is a must for me even now in college. For those of you who say that they can't remember cursive writing, you probably can't remember roman numerals either. Knowlege is power. You shouldn't depend on machines to do everything for

Female, 18-29, Western US
 17398 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 3:31:07 AM
I remember I was so pissed when I got to middle school and found out that we didn't need cursive at all. I remember learning cursive and the teachers saying we'd have to use it ALL the time. Ffs. It wasn't true at all.

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 718 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 1:58:25 AM
Oh and keep the kiddies learning cursive in school. If I had to then they should too!

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 718 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 1:56:22 AM
I've always done half cursive/half print. Cursive is quicker since everything is connected.

Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 1201 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 1:44:39 AM
sry midge but "never start a sentence with a conjunction..."

is inaccurate... in writers choice, it is perfectly fine to start a sentence with a conjunction. It isn't 100% accurate all the time, but it can be done... although people who say first post are usually morons.

Female, 13-17, Midwest US
 236 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 1:25:10 AM
I don't think writing an essay in cursive will guarantee a better score. I don't see much correlation between knowing what you're writing and how you choose to write it.
I don't use cursive very much--just signatures, but even then it's never legible. Most people that I see writing in cursive on a regular basis seem to always have illegible, scratchy handwriting. Or maybe no one I know knows how to write.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 829 Posts
Sunday, December 10, 2006 1:15:49 AM
"...studies have shown that when a person is taught higher levels of handwriting, their writing (such as essay writing) skills improve and the understanding of the language increases. About 15% of SAT essays are written in cursive and they, on average, have a higher score.
So no, I don't think cursive is outdated."
Of course you don't take into consideration the people marking those are alot older and can read cursive better, hence giving the person a positive bias. But of course, you would have to be smart to realise that.

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