I agree with the author's comments. We will loose contact with all our
past records written by hand. Family history/journals will be lost as no one
will be able to read them.I feel it is an indictment against the
quality of the teaching profession. The current occupants of the profession are
unable to master and teach a skill their predecessors found critical to the
education process.The teaching profession is kowtowing to political
correctness in buying the line that cursive is no longer needed, or takes too
much time to learn. As I review the poorly written notes and
signatures of the young people I associate with I see the lack of skill in
crafting a simple message and little or no sense of individuality in a
signature. Perhaps my grandchildren will verbally communicate in the same
text-speak they now send via cell-phone.Great literature will be
unreadable even if it is "printed".We will be ignorant of
our past, personal and as a nation. And being ignorant of our history we will
probably be destined to repeat the great lessons of history to our dismay.
While I agree to a limited extent, it's patently unfair to blame teachers.
They don't teach latin anymore, either, and no one misses it. But teachers
as individuals or a group didn't decide not to teach latin. Or cursive
writing. The times, wrote a great American poet, are a changin'. It's
not a teachers' fault.
Teachers are at fault here? Not the state legislature that dictates
what is taught and how it is taught?
Reading cursive matters immensely ...but even children can be taught to
read handwriting that they are not taught to replicate. Reading
cursive can be taught in just 30 to 60 minutes ... even to five- or
six-year-olds, once they read ordinary print. (In fact, now there's
even an iPad app to teach how: named "Read Cursive," of course:
http://appstore.com/readcursive .) Learning to read cursive
doesn't have to involve writing the same way,
We moved beyond cuneiform years ago, as well. Methods of writing and recording
changes over time. We once record stuff on floppies which have been shoved
aside for efficient thumb drives, CD's, etc.We continuously
move from the slower and laborious to more efficient forms of recording stuff,
so why knock it?
If ever a topic deserved serious conversation...this isn't it! I am
guessing that the Pharohs of Egypt decried the move from heiroglyphics to a more
"modern" form of writing. Ask yourself this question: Which is going
to disappear first, cursive or paper? People (young people) are moving to
digital communication, so what? We haven't we pined for the loss of
photographic film or flashbulbs because they were replaced by superior
technologies. The same will apply to cursive (and paper). PS. When
did the schools give up teaching calligraphy anyway?? Another one of those
socialist plots foisted on us by the teacher unions? Not!
You can teach your children anything you want to. There's no law against
it. But I think we'll find that most people lamenting the fall
of cursive writing won't take the time out of their day to interrupt their
children's algebra or critical thinking practice.Alternatively,
anyone who finds themselves needing to read cursive for a specialized job can
also learn it like we do any specialized work skill. There's no age limit
for learning so we don't have to cram it all in middle school. Really, it
will be ok.Morse code is still broadcast on aircraft navigation
frequencies as station identity verification. But I'd hardly say that
everyone should learn Morse code. Dr's scribble in cursive.
I'd rather they print something that won't get me killed.
Equally disturbing is the trend among young (and some not so young) texters to
type with only two thumbs. Think of the evolutionary implications. In a few
generations, the thumb and forefinger may be the only useful digits, and the
other fingers will just atrophy away.
Thanks for this! I may not matter too much in the scheme of things, but
it's a lost art (like many) I will try and write cursive still for the next
"thirty years" or so, maybe even longer than that? ;)
@Hutterite.Latin is still taught in many schools. Especially in
colleges. Especially to language students who really want to understand the
roots of their language.Smart people study Latin, not just so they
understand Latin, but to help them gain an understanding of the mechanics and
structure of language.We study Latin to read the great Classical
Literature.We also study the culture (which lead to OUR culture) a
window into another world, which helps us understand OUR world.Latin
is logical and learning it teaches us how to think... the same concept as
learning to play a musical instrument teaches you how to think (not only
musically but in general education).Abandoning our traditional
written language is nothing to scoff at.It would be nice if we could
read Latin texts (not just the English translations of Latin texts). But
today's trend is toward this generation not even being able to read English
versions of Latin texts (because they need to pay attention longer than a
twitter size snippet).
Learning and writing in cursive is an important part of brain development. We
will rue the abandonment of writing in cursive and a quantity of other skills
that are needed in a stable nation, such as learning to converse.
Just about everywhere I looked, people are on their smart-phones, I-Pads etc.
Cursive writing is in no doubt becoming a dying and obsolete art. There is
nothing or anyone to be blamed here. It is just that society is evolving and
adapting to technology as it follows its trends like handwriting replaced by
typewriters, typewriters by word processors, then computers taking over and
branching out to email and texting with cellphones and so forth. Technology is
making cursive writing obsolete as it makes upgrades to even make it's own
inventions and gadgets obsolete as we know it, when we buy today's
technology that it will become obsolete within months of it first day of debut.