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    I read an article this morning about a discussion currently taking place in the US and regarding the cursive writing.

    Apparently, some people think it's no longer necessary to teach cursive in 3rd grade or 4th grade.

    And this debate seems extremely strange for me because... I... and nobody else in France... never learnt to write in any other way than cursive.

    I vaguely remember learning about script, and wondering why americans were mostly wrinting in script but it never occured to me that it was the US standard way of writing.

    I don't know, this seems so weird to think that some of you learnt to write cursive 3 years AFTER learning to write.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harleyquiiinn View Post
    I read an article this morning about a discussion currently taking place in the US and regarding the cursive writing.

    Apparently, some people think it's no longer necessary to teach cursive in 3rd grade or 4th grade.

    And this debate seems extremely strange for me because... I... and nobody else in France... never learnt to write in any other way than cursive.

    I vaguely remember learning about script, and wondering why americans were mostly wrinting in script but it never occured to me that it was the US standard way of writing.

    I don't know, this seems so weird to think that some of you learnt to write cursive 3 years AFTER learning to write.

    I actually don't understand why Europe uses cursive. Script is so much easier to read. My students frequently can't read each other's writing, and then they struggle to fit their writing in a certain space. I write in script, even though I learned cursive in 3rd grade, and I think my students appreciate it because they can always read it. I see no point in cursive at all - but especially not in cursive after learning script.
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    We learned script first, and then cursive in first class (no idea what the US equivalent of that is - we were about 7). Cursive does seem a bit pointless, and hard to read. I can barely read my own cursive writing sometimes, and once I finished school I stopped using it, except for when I am panicking in exams, because it can be pretty handy for writing quickly (but that means even less readable)

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    Cursive is absolutely useless. I am one of the few people my age in Denmark who can write in cursive. (Well, "can" might be a little generous as my handwriting is atrocious.)

    I am one of the very few who can read it, but only little old ladies write in cursive. Not an exaggeration.
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    This is the weirdest conversation... I never even tought that script could be the "normal" way of writing...But apparently it is ! Anyone from the south of Europe maybe ?
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    I despise cursive. It's difficult to read which impairs communication. Since language is a communication tool cursive has to be considered a failure of functionality. Looking pretty is irrelevant.

    I even refused to use cursive in school when teachers attempted to force it on me. Even at the age of seven or eight I could see how absolutely pointless it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harleyquiiinn View Post
    This is the weirdest conversation... I never even tought that script could be the "normal" way of writing...But apparently it is ! Anyone from the south of Europe maybe ?
    That's only because you're used to it and only learned that. :P Most people in Slovenia write in cursive and never learned script, so I'm sure they'd agree. And yet, they appreciate my script because everyone can read it without a problem.

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    I despise cursive. It's difficult to read which impairs communication. Since language is a communication tool cursive has to be considered a failure of functionality. Looking pretty is irrelevant.

    I even refused to use cursive in school when teachers attempted to force it on me. Even at the age of seven or eight I could see how absolutely pointless it was.
    Fact. And I rarely find cursive pretty. Most people's cursive is so painful.

    And I also refused to use it. I used it for cursive exams. I stopped using it at all by 4th grade.
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    It's funny, because I spend the first years of my life in the French system and then moved to the American one, and I've never really needed to think about this.

    I write in both. Script is easier for other people to read, but when I am taking notes cursive is significantly faster so I switch to that.

    If I am the only one who needs to read my own work, then I have absolutely no problem using cursive. The entire point behind teaching it is that you don't have to lift the pen to break letters, so you save time and write faster. It's never going to be as effective as any form of shorthand, but I think that there is absolutely a time and a place to use it.
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    Cursive sucks. I have never had a use for it in my life. I often notice, though, that the older generation has sort of a clinically bizarre attachment to it. I saw a Yahoo article a while ago about how lots of schools weren't teaching it anymore, and I couldn't believe how bent out of shape nearly everyone who commented on it was. But then again, Yahoo commenters are the lowest form of life in known existence.
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    Ever notice how 15th century monks always had pristine handwriting?

    I think with the increasing reliance on keyboards, handwriting will get worse and worse. Inevitably our chicken scratches (or well mine, my handwriting is atrocious) will look elegant as handwriting is more and more confined to jotting down notes while on the phone.
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