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Today's Blondie cartoon got me thinking about cursive.


I assume they still teach cursive writing in elementary school despite the widespread use of computers. If so, do you think it is useful?

Personally, the last time I used cursive (not counting my name) was in school. I still print regularly though.

One argument I've heard is that cursive is faster. First, it's not always faster if you are writing a bunch of weird acronyms. Second, shorthand is much faster. Yet that doesn't get taught in school.
 
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My handwriting is so bad, you can't tell printing from cursive. Seriously. Thank goodness for keyboards.

My daughter is in 6th grade, and I don't think they ever taught her cursive writing.
 
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My handwriting is so bad, that after I die it will be a collectors item as abstract art!!!

Cursive writing, and writing in particular is still taught regularly in India.
In India, students write by hand in their notebooks as well as in their answer papers. I am not aware of how things happen in US.
Cursive is definitely faster (though some feel otherwise). By "printing" I take it you mean writing individual alphabets, probably in upper case.

I feel writing is important to knowing and preserving the language and aids in communication. No wonder we have UseRealWords !
Imagine the Rosetta stone with "texted" words! What a confusion it might have caused!

A beautifully written document, beautiful as in handwriting not necessarily content, is a piece of art. I personally absolutely love the "copper plate" style.
 
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My handwriting was okay but I have not written much since past four years; now I'd prefer typing. Feels awkward(rigid) to hold a pen, really. Besides, typing is much faster than writing for me.

I can write cursive and it was definitely taught when I was in school.

Maneesh Godbole wrote:A beautifully written document, beautiful as in handwriting not necessarily content, is a piece of art.


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A handwritten letter expressing love is much better than sex-text!
 
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:My daughter is in 6th grade, and I don't think they ever taught her cursive writing.


We were taught it in 4th grade so I'm thinking it would have come up by now.

Maneesh Godbole wrote: By "printing" I take it you mean writing individual alphabets, probably in upper case.

Individual letters yes. Upper case no. I write in mixed case when handwriting notes. All uppercase would take longer to write.

Monu Tripathi wrote:Feels awkward(rigid) to hold a pen, really.


I write plenty. Notes to myself, lists, notes in the margins, etc. I like doing some things off computer. We spend so much time with electronics.
 
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I'd be lost without all the PostIt® Notes I write to myself.
 
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Post-its have saved my life so many times. My memory isn't what it used to be. *cough* college *cough*
 
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We spend so much time with electronics.


So very true.

I used to be pretty good at sketching once; now I just cant get the feel - a pencil in my hands feels out of place. Maybe I should take some time out at least over the weekends for this.
 
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