Harry_Seldon: DeathRaySanta: Guilty_plea_bargain: gingerjet: The most useless thing I was taught in school? Cursive writing. The most useful thing I was taught in school? Keyboarding.The most useless thing I was taught in school. Algebra.Here's what somebody pointed out to me, many summers ago:Have somebody stand a short distance away, and toss a baseball to you.You track the ball's trajectory, and successfully catch it.Congradulations! You've just done introductory trig.Actually, it is Calculus. Newtonian mechanics to be specific.
gingerjet: The most useless thing I was taught in school? Cursive writing. The most useful thing I was taught in school? Keyboarding.
Tom_Slick: Because it is important to be able to read what is written on the back of old family photographs./Amongst my grandmother's photos are notes written in Shorthand describing the location and subjects of the photos (she was a legal secretary) my mother kept saying she needed to translate those, unfortunately she passed away before doing so.
ChrisDe: At some point in your life, somebody is going to write you a check. And you damned well should be able to sign it.
Oldiron_79: Cursive.... that's about as useful as teaching them buggy whip manufacturing.
jst3p: I would rather take the time they use to teach cursive and use it to teach HTML or any scripting.
Wangiss: [japanesethegame.com image 850x729]
UsikFark: A mix of cursive and print letters is the sign of educated, efficient handwriting. Meanwhile, I know people born just a few years after me who write their (print) letters like crooked tombstones in a graveyard.Here is an example of the sort of cursive/print hybrid:[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x278]That is not the best handwriting, but you can tell they learned cursive and still link frequent letter pairs.
TomD9938: gingerjet: The most useless thing I was taught in school? Cursive writing. The most useful thing I was taught in school? Keyboarding.We called that Typing Class and it was mainly for girls and the kind of guys who weren't interested in taking a shop class (if you know what I mean).FTA : "It's hard because you have to keep the pen down and connect the letters," said Luis Carlos MirandaHere's the thing Luis. You have to be able to write in order to consult with an attorney.
Caffeine Induced Diarrhea: Let's see:Arguments for cursive: its pretty, easy, and backwards compatible.Arguments against: its unnessesary and outdated.Anything else?(James, Karin H. an Atwood, Thea P. (2009).The role of sensorimotor learning in the perception of letter-like forms: Tracking the causes of neural specialization for letters. Cognitive Neuropsychology.26 (1), 91-100
badhatharry: So when someone hands you a handwritten in an important meeting you don't have to say, "Sorry, I don't read cursive".
ajgeek: Wangiss: [japanesethegame.com image 850x729]Cursive had it's day pre-computer. And while yours is exceptional (I can read it with no issues whatsoever, yes that's the definition of exceptional now) a) how many seconds did it take you to write that and b) do you usually want/need it for another purpose?My cursive is non-existent anymore. I don't even fully sign my name, just my initials with a ~ at the end.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: Oh look... it's this thread again
Number40: Cursive should be outlawed. It has not place in modern society. Nobody writes it the same way and it's damn near impossible to read most people's cursive. Communication needs to be sent as well asreceived, and cursive prevents the reception of said communication, it should not be used.Yeah, yeah. I get that it's supposedly beautiful. I get that some can use cursive faster than printing.But it's an impediment to communication and inefficient. It has no place in modern communication and is a waste to teach.
WelldeadLink: So they can read Grandpa's letters home from the war?
ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm going to give you the same answer I gave my coworkers when I was teaching in Phoenix when they didn't want to teach D'Nealian writing. Those kids can produce the most beautiful graffiti. It's art. Truly.All you need to do is apply some freaking pressure. Many of my former students have beautiful cursive writing.
mongbiohazard: Ahhhh cursive... one of those things old people insist young people keep doing because it is what they remember having to do in their youth. Why not teach them buggy-whip handling and horse hitching while we're at it.
symptomoftheuniverse: Tom_Slick: Because it is important to be able to read what is written on the back of old family photographs./Amongst my grandmother's photos are notes written in Shorthand describing the location and subjects of the photos (she was a legal secretary) my mother kept saying she needed to translate those, unfortunately she passed away before doing so.I hope you realize that your mother and grandmother weren't the only two people in the world that can/could read shorthand.Take them to a retirement home, and I'm sure some nice old secretary could help you out.
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