Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sad Story: Cursive Worries

I think I was in 2nd or 3rd grade when we learned cursive handwriting. This felt like the first time in my academic life that the bar had been set high. I had terrible handwriting even in the regular version, cursive was a joke when it came to me writing it. People kept saying that when we got to 5th grade, they'd no longer take any paperwork that wasn't done in cursive. But 5th grade came and nothing happened. I never had to write in cursive since then (besides a signature), to the joy of the teachers who had to read my penmanship. 

14 comments:

  1. We started learning cursive really early and everything we turned in had to be in cursive. Especially if we got in trouble and had to write things like, "I will not talk in class." 500 times as a punishment. lol

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  2. Are you left-handed? Cursive is hard for lefties.

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  3. All through my school years cursive was the only thing we could turn in.
    Guess I'm dating myself. : )

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  4. As a left-handed person I was never fond of cursive. I even sign my paintings in block print.

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  5. Looking back at my handwriting when I was in elementary school--it was terrible! But I gradually got better, and I still use cursive frequently whenever I want to write anything very long. I often use regular printing for short notes to myself, and I use my nearly unreadable printing for when I'm in a hurry taking notes on a speech or something!

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  6. I never minded cursive and I use it regularly. I find printing each word takes much longer.

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  7. I learned cursive writing in fourth grade. I was excited to learn it at the time but it was a struggle for me as I was a leftie.
    Lisa

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  8. Haha I'm horrible with penmanship! Thank goodness I could take the bar exam on laptop or I wouldn't have passed. No one can read my writing, much less my cursive.

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  9. Haha, I can't even read my own handwriting, let alone cursive!

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  10. What surprises me is that handwriting/cursive is no longer taught in 1st grade or 3rd according to my daughter.

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  11. I see this as the dumbing of America. Growing up having to write in cursive for everything I encountered several people who did not even know what cursive was. This was a total shock to me for this person has a Masters degree as a Architect. Our children today are not even talk about cursive and can not read it when they encounter it. Sad!

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