Is Cursive Writing Pretty Much Outdated

Many will remember their early years in school, around the second or third grade in the United States or somewhere around that, where they learned cursive writing. It was an entirely new world of writing than with the printing that you can used to. Cursive writing can often fall into two different categories. Stylish and neat or rather messy and ugly looking, depending on the person. There is no common ground. And often times, after a few years, people step away from using cursive writing, more often returning to printing when they write by hand or more commonly, just typing

their work on the computer, printing it off.

Cursive Writing-A Relic For Another Time

Many teachers in this day and age, realize that it is an utter nightmare to read cursive writing or really any writing at all for that matter. Many of them might really use it all that often this time. In this day and age, writing is slowly going by the wayside, as more children use computers at a younger way. Things are moving to the point where all but a select few assignments can be done on the computer.

Even before the day and the

age of computers and doing school assignments on computers, the cursive writing style did not really stick all that often. Many hung up, but many reverted back to printing, as there were teachers who wished to make their life a bit more easier and have it being able to read. Cursive writing in many ways was an art and like many arts, very few people can pull it off. People who react as if young children should get such a stylish and artistic form of writing is a huge problem, they are kind of missing point.

Many(but not all adults) barely even use any cursive when they leave the educational environment, when they leave formal education. The only thing you must know how to write in cursive is your own name, when you sign important documents. That is it, your signature is the only thing that we should know. And that’s the only thing most adults will ever write in cursive.

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  • kategladstone  06-01-2016

    Handwriting matters — does cursive? Research shows that egible cursive writing averages no faster than printed handwriting of equal or greater legibility. (Sources for all research are available on request.) 

    Further research shows that the fastest, clearest handwriters avoid cursive. They join only the most easily joined letter-combinations, leaving others unjoined, using print-like shapes for letters whose printed and cursive shapes disagree. Teaching material for such practical handwriting abounds — especially in the UK and Europe, where this is taught at least as often as the accident-prone cursive that too many North American educators venerate. (Again, sources are available on request.)

    Reading cursive — which still matters — is much easier and quicker to master than writing cursive. Reading cursive can be mastered in just 30 to 60 minutes, even by kids who print. (There's even a free iPad app teaching how: called “Read Cursive.”)

    Educated adults increasingly quit cursive. In 2012, handwriting teachers were surveyed at a conference hosted by cursive textbook publisher Only 37% wrote in cursive; another 8% printed. Most — 55% — wrote with some elements resembling print-writing, others resembling cursive.

    When even most handwriting teachers do not follow cursive, why glorify it?

    Cursive's cheerleaders allege that cursive has benefits justifying absolutely anything said or done to promote it. Cheerleaders for cursive repeatedly allege research support — invariably citing studies that were misquoted or otherwise misrepresented by the claimant or by some other, earlier misrepresenter whom the claimant innocently trusts.

    What about cursive and signatures? Brace yourself: in state and federal law, cursive signatures have no special legal validity over any other kind. (Hard to believe? Ask any attorney!)

    Questioned document examiners (specialists in the identification of signatures, verification of documents, etc.) find that the least forgeable signatures are plainest. Most cursive signatures are loose scrawls: the rest, if following cursive's rules at all, are fairly complicated: easing forgery.

    All handwriting, not just cursive, is individual. That is how any first-grade teacher immediately discerns (from print-writing on unsigned work) which child produced it.

    Mandating cursive to save handwriting resembles mandating stovepipe hats and crinolines to save clothing.

    Kate Gladstone

    DIRECTOR, the World Handwriting Contest

    CEO, Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That

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