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Author Topic: Cursive no longer an NC school requirement  (Read 3797 times)
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« on: January 29, 2013, 07:57:34 AM »

http://www.wral.com/nc-schools-write-off-cursive-instruction/12035402/


A bit sad to see as the article states it is not only about writing nicely by hand but a loss of possible cognitive skills also. This has been a standard form of writing for centuries and I heard a story this morning where America is the only country working to eliminate it. I understand and embrace technology but writing by hand is something that will always be needed. Think about how this affects the studies of handwriting analysis and will affect jobs in psychology as well as law enforcement.
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 09:03:18 AM »

I have forced my kids to learn cursive. When I write anything at home it is in cursive and they must respond to me in cursive. If the schools are not going to do their job I will do it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 11:02:12 AM »

I still write it in all notes or some letters even to my nieces and nephews. They had to learn it to read what I wrote. Especially in birthday cards.
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 04:23:23 PM »

Wonder what they will do when it comes time to sign official documents, where printing is not allowed?
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 05:46:57 PM »

Wonder what they will do when it comes time to sign official documents, where printing is not allowed?

From what was reported on the "news", although this is an official State position, school districts will have the leeway to teach cursive if they desire.  In any case, the kids will be taught to write their own names.  Which, to me upon thinking about it, is stupid, to expect them to master writing just those parts of the alphabet.

The "news" also reported that most teachers don't want to teach handwriting; they consider it disposable in favor of "keyboarding".  ::snort::

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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2013, 10:34:49 PM »

Just another case of "dumbing down" if you ask me.  Reminds me though of the time that all the children were given calculators and now it is hard to find one that can make change w/o it being shown on the adding machine.
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2013, 11:21:35 PM »

Just another case of "dumbing down" if you ask me.  Reminds me though of the time that all the children were given calculators and now it is hard to find one that can make change w/o it being shown on the adding machine.

Concur.
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2013, 10:19:13 AM »

Just another case of "dumbing down" if you ask me.  Reminds me though of the time that all the children were given calculators and now it is hard to find one that can make change w/o it being shown on the adding machine.

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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2013, 12:18:02 PM »

They currently still teach cursive at Perry Harrison, fyi.

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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2013, 01:53:10 PM »

I kinda think I'm ok with cursive goes away.   Maybe teach them enough to read it, but I'm ok with phasing it out.   My signature in no way resembles what I was taught in grade school. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2013, 02:05:15 PM »

I kinda think I'm ok with cursive goes away.   Maybe teach them enough to read it, but I'm ok with phasing it out.   My signature in no way resembles what I was taught in grade school.  

This is about how I feel.  I sign my name 30ish time a day and it does not resemble anything a 3rd grade teacher would want to see.
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2013, 01:53:51 PM »

Wall St Journal article on NC no longer requiring cursive
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323644904578272151551627948.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_Lifestyle_6
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2013, 04:30:25 PM »

Good to hear some school systems are bucking this trend. The sad part is not just being able to sign but to read it. All historical documents are in cursive and even things like old censuses on Ancestry.com. I do not see the sense of surveying students. It would have been like surveying us back in the sixties when algebra came out. Of course we would have said no way.
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2013, 02:23:03 PM »

^In that case we should also spend time teaching all children Latin since many of those old documents contain Latin phrases.
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2013, 03:11:35 PM »

^In that case we should also spend time teaching all children Latin since many of those old documents contain Latin phrases.


In logic, this is what's called a "false analogy." It isn't the same as what Mary suggested in being that the usage of cursive writing in historical documents is not the same thing as the use of Latin found within the same types of documents. Each has a vastly different use and meaning, and is applicable to society in vastly different ways.
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