Cursive Handwriting – A Skill Not to Be Forgotten

07 Sep

So I heard that some schools aren’t teaching cursive anymore?  What the hell, schools?!

How can you not teach cursive anymore?!  I can give you PLENTY of reasons to continue to teach cursive.

Signing your name – listen people.  No one wants your name in print on a check.

Because it teaches you patience and practice.

Because it gives you the ability to write speedily.

Because if you write a letter (and God forbid put down your keyboard), they always look better in cursive.

Learn to write it so you can learn to read it.

Because it portrays elegance.

Because we all learned it.

Because it makes you learn smarter than you are.

Because it helps with motor skills (yeah, I read that somewhere) and muscle control (that, too).

Because damnit, you should just know how.  It exists for a reason.


Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Daily Happenings


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11 responses to “Cursive Handwriting – A Skill Not to Be Forgotten

  1. Tim

    September 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I hate writing cursive…I was never really good at it anyway…I don’t have good handwriting. I most of the time when I would write cursive, I would write too fast and it would be sloppy. Sometime in high school I just switched back and it slowed me down a little and my handwriting was much neater. Not these days…I write fast and no one can read it, not even me!

  2. Danielle Walker

    September 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I have NEVER written in cursive except when being graded on it in elementary school. My cursive is messy and hard to read. I don’t think they shouldn’t teach it, but I don’t think it should be a requirement to write in cursive and be graded on it.

  3. Jarvis Slacks

    September 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I agree that students should learn it. But make no mistake, it is extraneous. The only reason to keep it around is because it’s always been around. Like manners.

  4. Badger

    September 8, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I only write in cursive but it is still messy. I write in Victoria Modern Cursive style as I was taught in school.

  5. erica42285

    September 8, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Tim and Danielle–I understand that sometimes it sucks, and it’s not the prettiest thing to read. I just like the idea of keeping it going.
    And to bring Jarvis into the mix–I agree. I want people to do it because people USED to do it. As much as I love technology, I don’t want my kids to take it for granted.
    Badger–a new commenter! I’m interested in Victoria Modern Cursive now. Where did you go to school? And how old are you?

  6. Badger

    September 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    In Victoria, Australia. I’m 15 now.

    • erica42285

      September 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Hm. That’s very interesting. I did look at Victorian Modern. It’s pretty close to what I learned as well, minus the fact that I learned in much more of a slant.

  7. Jerry Pope

    September 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    What I don’t like about cursive is that it’s too open to “artistic interpretation.” It’s also designed to be written quickly. Add to that the inexplicable need some people have to write microscopically, and what’s left is a jumbled mess.

    • erica42285

      September 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

      Jerry! You of all people! I figured you’d love the idea that it is open to artistic interpretation.

  8. hopebordeaux

    September 12, 2011 at 1:49 am

    I’m envious of people who have a really good cursive hand; my mom has great penmanship. Absolutely beautiful. I, on the other hand, inherited my grandma’s messy scrawl. Don’t ask me how that’s possible, it just is 🙂

    • erica42285

      September 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

      Ha ha it’s an odd thing, no? Have you ever had your handwriting analyzed? I’ve always wanted to do that.


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