07-16-2011 09:13 PM - edited 07-16-2011 09:14 PM
I've never been a teacher, but I was a student for years. My notes would never have been as comprehensive unless I knew how to write cursive. And I know for a fact that block printing can't keep up with someone who is writing cursive. In past study groups, I've compared my notes to the printed notes of others in my class. Invariably those printed notes were simplified and too generalized. My notes were always much more detailed and comprehensive. I could simultaneously pay attention to the lecturer and automatically write down what was being said.
07-21-2011 02:19 AM
07-21-2011 12:49 PM
When I was little, I loved my grandmother's handwriting and asked her to teach me how. She did; to this day it is one of the greatest gifts she ever gave me. Handwriting is an art, a facet of personality. Being a writer, it gives my own work a look of grace that can never be achieved on a computer screen or in print...But that is just my opinion.
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07-21-2011 06:28 PM - edited 07-21-2011 06:31 PM
I never liked writing in cursive. I remember back in 2nd grade that I was slow to pick it up and struggled a bit, although I was always an excellent student. I found it tedious and didn't think that it looked as good as when I printed. At some point (maybe junior high?) they no longer required us to write in cursive and I found it a relief to go back to printing. I don't exactly print in block letters; I think that printing can be as individual as cursive. For example, I use what they call a 'Greek e'. My signature is a combination of printed and cursive letters, and I find it to be expressive of my style. As for not being able to take complete notes or writing quickly, I write much more quickly in printing than I would in cursive. In grad school, I was so well known for my note-taking that students that missed classes would ask to borrow my notes to catch up on what they missed. I found it amusing that sometimes when I was introduced to someone, they would already know me by reputation based on my notes! I think it is a very individual thing whether someone writes better in cursive or printing. IMHO, learning math, reading, science, etc. (is that supposed to be considered 'social' learning to be looked down upon on?) are more important than cursive writing. The point is to be able to write and express yourself in words, which can be done through printing as well as cursive. I even think that if it came down to eliminating cursive vs. arts or sports, I would choose the former. I think that if someone really wants to learn cursive, it shouldn't be too difficult to learn on their own; I never had calligraphy in school, either, but a number of my friends learned it outside of class.
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07-24-2011 07:17 PM
This is unbelievable. How many of us feel a connection between learning/remembering and writing? I have always felt that material was easier to remember if I WROTE it. Plus, how will kids take notes in class? How will they write letters? And will our language regress even more than it already has if we start using only texting type vernacular (LOL, SYS, OMG, etc.?)
My grandmother, who lived to be 101, was always proud of her penmanship and of how she started so many of her "pupils" on the road to learning via handwriting.
I love computers, but it seems that being unable to write legibly, quickly and effectively is doing a disservice to kids. MHG
07-28-2011 12:28 AM
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