NowhereMon: BarkingUnicorn: Do schools still teach typing, or are kids assumed to pick that up on their own?Typing will be just as obsolete as cursive in a few short years...
ArkAngel: I learned cursive in grade school and haven't used it for anything except a signature in years. What's the point?
nekom: They don't already? Has that much changed, they don't teach cursive script in school these days? This is news to me, and I was born in 1980./get.... off my lawn?
The Larch: Kim Jong-il: cursive is generally faster to write.ha ha ha... no.
profplump: Langdon_777: Anyhow, cursive was a lifesaver in college...I, and my classmates who knew cursive, were able to take much more thorough notes, since cursive is generally faster to write.I doubt this is true in the general case. I believe that you had friends that could write faster than you, and that their script differed from yours, but "cursive" was never developed to be faster than "printing" -- it was developed to reduce the number of lifts of the writing tool at a point in time when that was a major limitation in the technology of writing. But that's not the case with ball point or felt tip pens, which is what most people write with these days. There are speed advantages to be had with both methods, but realistically the fastest method is probably one that tends toward your own custom script, regardless of the basis of that script, because you only need to provide enough distinction for you to re-read what you've written. If you limit the discussion to scripts that can be read by other people the answer will usually be "whichever script I practice most" because that script will be the most distinct and the easiest for the author to create.And of course that's all irrelevant if you don't limit yourself to a pen -- I (and I suspect many others) can type much faster than can write in any script, even if I'm only writing for my own consumption. The very idea that "penmanship" -- regardless of the script -- is useful in modern society is questionable. Being able to record your own thoughts without a computer is -- maybe -- useful. But I've gone a good decade without writing anything I intend another human to read and I find it hard to believe that today's 10-year-olds will have a significant need for "clear penmanship" in their adult lives.
The Larch: yes, that really is the only reason cursive exists
revrendjim: ArkAngel: I learned cursive in grade school and haven't used it for anything except a signature in years. What's the point?Exactly. Everyone knows that anything that does not apply to ArkAngel's life is totally unnecessary.
dickfreckle: OK I severely farked up that last post (am not sober at this moment).Declaration. But still.
Firststepsadoozie: [i302.photobucket.com image 380x248]My mother, and an aunt by marriage on my dad's side had penmanship identical to the cursive alphabet above the blackboard.
Tat'dGreaser: Typing is a million times more useful than cursive, so yes.
Langdon_777: Anyhow, cursive was a lifesaver in college...I, and my classmates who knew cursive, were able to take much more thorough notes, since cursive is generally faster to write.
FarkOffAndEatShirts: Anything that will make the little darlings less reliant on spell-check can't be all bad, can it?
Gyrfalcon: So if you go on to college, you WILL learn to write some kind of cursive--or you will never be able to take notes. Period.
Kim Jong-il: cursive is generally faster to write.
Coco LaFemme: To this day, I get complimented on my penmanship
DMMidwest: It's still a useful skill, cognitively. Teaches fine motor skills. Enhances the ability to read. Will be handy for reading handwritten documents (yes, like the Constitution). And electronic means and devices aren't always available or appropriate. Cursive handwriting is still of great utility. Good for Indiana.
R.A.Danny: I can barely print after using a computer for everything for so long.
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