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Indiana's Department of Education will begin making cursive optional starting this fall

Most people remember learning how to write in cursive back in elementary school. The teacher would draw all the squiggly-looking letters on the blackboard as we tried our best to mimic each loop and line. 

But now, children in Indiana's school systems will no longer be required to learn to write in cursive, as Indiana's Department of Education will make it optional for schools to teach this style of handwriting. 

Instead, the department is focusing on students' keyboard use. Indiana will enforce more typing programs because it makes more sense in our day and age, as computers become a larger part of our professional lives.

“I’m really not on one end or the other,” said Ericka Hostetter, a mother of three. “I see the points of both sides, but to tell you the truth, I probably lean more toward the keyboard.”

While encouraging better typing skills is a must for today's digital age, TIME's NewsFeed brings up a valid point: How will Indiana children know how to sign their name?

"When you're born, someone signs your birth certificate. When you're married, you have to sign your marriage license. When you die, someone's going to sign your death certificate. All these things are important aspects of your life," said Doug Kennedy in an interview with WKRC.

"I think it's a shame, because as long as we have hands, handwriting is going to be important for some kind of human communication."

Indiana's Department of Education will begin making cursive optional starting this fall.

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By Motoman on 7/7/2011 12:51:02 PM , Rating: 4
...certainly for emphasizing keyboard skills - that's truly a life skill that everyone needs today.

The point is valid, though, about teaching the kids to at least sign their name in the manner which is expected on legal documents. And to do that, they'd still have to learn cursive.

RE: Good...
By MrTeal on 7/7/2011 12:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
Even outside of that, paper still manages to survive despite all the pushes towards a paperless office. I'm a horrible offender, my chicken scratch writing is barely legible even to me. I wish I'd spent more time in school practicing writing, and it's a shame that they might be killing cursive. If nothing else, it makes for a nice card now and then.

RE: Good...
By Mitch101 on 7/7/2011 1:09:09 PM , Rating: 2
According to the cursive chart Ive been making cursive F and Q wrong.

RE: Good...
By Bad-Karma on 7/7/2011 4:29:37 PM , Rating: 2
lol... I was just thinking the same thing about my "Q"s. Must of missed that day of school....

RE: Good...
By Motoman on 7/7/2011 1:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
My handwriting was pretty good from, say, Jr. High through High School.

Then I pretty much stopped writing by hand at all. I haven't written anything in cursive, except what passes for my signature, in probably 20 years. And now even my printing is pretty bad.'s not because I didn't learn it in the first place, it's because I stopped writing and started typing full time.

RE: Good...
By ClownPuncher on 7/7/2011 1:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
I write quite a bit, but never in cursive. To me, it's a dead form of writing. My handwriting is very good and very legible, but cursive is generally hard to read, as it allows the hand to be sloppy.

RE: Good...
By MrBlastman on 7/8/2011 11:07:44 AM , Rating: 2
My only qualm is how long does it take to teach someone to type?

Not long, really. I think it can be done in a single semester and once you learn it--it is like riding a bike. So, I really don't see why they can't teach both.

When I was in school decades ago, we learned both how to write in cursive (I never really liked it) and type on a keyboard. It served me just fine.

Cursive is useful when it comes to signatures and whatnot and as much as some of us dislike it, it still has its place.

RE: Good...
By Souka on 7/8/2011 4:38:01 PM , Rating: 2
Heh... I look at the workers at my office... soo many peck with their index fingers while looking down for abotu every key stroke.

The exception is when I worked at MS for 2yrs... those folk as a whole were fast touch typists.

Yes typing is a "skill" that can be picked up quickly....but most do not go beyond the bare mininum despite be reliant on it as a daily basis.

Also it seems age plays the biggest factor... 50+ bad typists...30-40 good.... under 30 great.

My $.02

RE: Good...
By Hyperion1400 on 7/8/2011 8:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
I think the biggest reason why there are so many bad typists is that the teaching methods used for typing are complete crap! Forcing yourself to not look at the keyboard, or worse, covering up the keyboard just slows down progress. You essentially have to guess where each individual key is.

I think the perfect analogy is learning to play the guitar. Can you imagine having to learn with a towel over your hand?

For me I "learned" (went from 30-40, staring at the keyboard to 70-90... still occasionally look) in about a month. The trick is to find something to type, anything you are interested in. I learned Lua for the sake of modding Stalker!

Over the course of semester in middle school I gained all of 10 wmp in a typing class. Four months of practice with almost nothing to show for it because, I wasn't the least bit interested in what I was typing and you type nothing practical what so over! It's all of bunch of 4 letter words using the "home" keys(I never use them) and then later....much later, you get into simple sentences.

RE: Good...
By bah12 on 7/7/2011 1:43:27 PM , Rating: 5
quote:'s a shame that they might be killing cursive
I disagree, I'm 35+ and I said it was a waste of time since childhood. It takes at least a school year to perfect, usually taught in a child development stage that would be much better suited to other skills. There has always been only one valid argument for cursive, and that was a slim speed advantage.

It stuck around for tradition sake, and has very little no scholastic merit. I for one will be thrilled the day I never see it taught again. It is a waste of a child's prime learning age to teach the alphabet twice, and to some extent 2 numeric systems. Don't get me started on roman numerals :)

RE: Good...
By cruisin3style on 7/7/2011 4:10:21 PM , Rating: 3
I'm totally with you, I never liked cursive. When I was in elementary and middle school I always thought cursive was a waste of time, I could write faster in print.

Then again, my handwriting today is not so great (in print i mean, don't even remember cursive)...i'm looking at a note that I wrote a few days ago and the word "items" has a t with no bottom half, an e that looks like a backwards 3, and the m & s are one long squiggly line that could be a deformed W with wings. all in a downward sloping angle haha

RE: Good...
By Starcub on 7/12/2011 11:55:59 AM , Rating: 2
I switched from writing in cursive to all caps print at around 5th grade. My writing is far more legible and I quickly learned how to write just as fast in all caps as most people do in cursive.

RE: Good...
By kmmatney on 7/7/2011 7:19:01 PM , Rating: 2
I travel to Asia for work fairly often, and the people work with over there are amazed when I write in cursive. Most of the time, they've never seen it before, and they are amazed by how fast I can write. It is efficient, as the pen never needs to leave the paper very often. They don't think they have an equivalent to writing cursive in Asia (although they do have various types of calligraphy, although its a special art).

RE: Good...
By Alexstarfire on 7/7/2011 10:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds more like we should get rid of writing in print than anything else. Cursive is actually very useful when writing by hand, print isn't, especially when computers type in print already. Most of the print letters can be understood by their cursive counter-parts, except for odd ones like the capital Q. All the letters on a keyboard are capitals.

RE: Good...
By bah12 on 7/8/2011 9:24:42 AM , Rating: 2
I don't entirely disagree, but pick one and stick with it. My only problem with that is children still have to learn to read both "languages". To you and I it is seamless but to children they are different sets of characters, both of which have to be learned. At this point in time I think the glorious sponge that is a child's mind at that age, would be better served learning something more useful. I think Indiana has it right, typing is a much more useful skill.

RE: Good...
By Alexstarfire on 7/8/2011 11:38:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a very technological person and even I can see how ridiculous that idea even sounds. My whole point about the capital letter thing was that they could essentially learn it on their own. Except for the 1-3 odd characters that don't really apply. Yes they'd still have to learn it, what little there is to learn anyway, but it'd be on their own time. Seeing as how technology is such a big part of EVERYONE'S life no one should be missing out on the learning. I had started using mac computers when I was about 3 and then learned about IBMs and windows once I started in kindergarten. Considering the age keeps dropping for when first being introduced to computers I don't see it being out of the question.

RE: Good...
By john3141 on 7/7/2011 12:56:34 PM , Rating: 4
Why must a signature be written in cursive?

RE: Good...
By spread on 7/7/2011 1:04:49 PM , Rating: 3
Harder to forge freehand. It's one continuous stroke.

RE: Good...
By Myrandex on 7/7/2011 1:08:24 PM , Rating: 2
Meh my signature is in print. Not very well written print, but it is still print rather than cursive. I just like it better. I see no problem with this and I'm all for it.


RE: Good...
By Gondor on 7/8/2011 4:02:55 AM , Rating: 2
Ditto, I don't think I remember any cursive letters anymore aside from the obvious ones.

There have been many types of writing in the past that died off already, it's a natural process so I'm not sad to see it go the way of dodo. It was used back when there were no ball point pens (when ink would smudge if quill was lifted too often) and it made sense but nowadays it's just a waste of time and effort.

RE: Good...
By Darkefire on 7/7/2011 1:24:21 PM , Rating: 2
Not necessarily, we develop our signatures largely through repetition, which in turn develops speed and subconscious unique subtleties. My cursive signature was a stunted mess that looked like a forgery of my current one until I got my first job and had to sign my name several times a day on outgoing shipment letters. Even forging the way someone writes their initials in print can be difficult, and I'd imagine a full print signature would be no different if someone had been doing it for years.

RE: Good...
By InsGadget on 7/7/2011 2:46:24 PM , Rating: 2
When I sign my name, it looks like R-- F----. When I look at my older signatures, I can tell the other letters, but over time, the letters have basically just become a line, with a few little swirls to show .... something. Maybe a b, maybe a p, or a y?

RE: Good...
By Camikazi on 7/7/2011 3:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
I've noticed the same thing with my signature :/ First capital letter followed by scribbles and some swirls, I can make it look nice if I focus and try but I rarely do :/

RE: Good...
By Hyperion1400 on 7/8/2011 8:57:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, mine has disintegrated into nothing too... it doesn't even have the decency to look nice either!

RE: Good...
By amanojaku on 7/7/2011 1:09:14 PM , Rating: 2
im in ur brainz, stealin ur signaturz.

Yeah, we're a long ways away from handwriting like this:


RE: Good...
By borismkv on 7/7/2011 4:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
That's because we don't use Quills anymore.

RE: Good...
By Bad-Karma on 7/7/2011 4:38:22 PM , Rating: 2
My father always told me that anything I put my name on should be something I believe in and support with my whole heart. He told this to me while we were in front of the Declaration of independence. John Hancock was front and center.

It just wouldn't have the same meaning if it had all been digitally signed, size and font all the same.

RE: Good...
By AMDftw on 7/7/2011 1:13:25 PM , Rating: 2
Typing would be a good thing to learn. I still think they should learn the basics tho. Some professions still need written copy's. While I was in college, some of my professors wanted us to write in print. Now they want 99% of all essay's typed.

The whole signature thing. I still write in print unless I want to be lazy.

RE: Good...
By Arsynic on 7/7/2011 1:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
My signature in no way or shape looks like cursive. In fact, it's just a scribble.

RE: Good...
By inperfectdarkness on 7/7/2011 2:09:25 PM , Rating: 4
just for the sake of discussion:

my WPM after a semester in HS of typing: 25 WPM

my WPM after playing UT2k4, TFC, and UT99 for a decade: 105 WPM we really need to teach typing, or do we just need to focus on proper spelling/grammar?

RE: Good...
By torpor on 7/7/2011 2:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
Is it the video games that raised your WPM, or all the practice you got typing term papers, essays, etc?

I know my 8th grade typing class didn't get me going very fast, but it taught proper form for touch typing. It's the rest of high school, college, and work that got me to my current speed. But without the basics of touch typing, I'd still just be a really fast hunt-n-pecker.

I think you might be correlating two things on nothing more than coincidence...

RE: Good...
By B-Unit on 7/7/2011 2:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Hammering WSAD and your spacebar is hardly going to make you a fast typer.

What really sped my typing up was the advent of IM.

RE: Good...
By ClownPuncher on 7/7/2011 2:49:19 PM , Rating: 2
You have to type fast before you respawn. Video games taught me everything!

RE: Good...
By espaghetti on 7/8/2011 5:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
I just knew you played.

RE: Good...
By TSS on 7/7/2011 5:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
I know exactly what learned me to type fast. A game called Interstate 76'. One of the first games i played over the internet when i got it when i was 13, before that i only had a 486sx with dos games.

It's very simple: it was a sandbox racing game, and if you wanted to type, your car continued on in the same direction at the same speed.

You'll learn to type fast real fast when your heading towards a canyon while typing a reply.

Wether you use grammer and proper spelling or not is completly seperate from wether you type fast or not, even if you picked it up in games. I can type these words really fast, but i also type them in full because i choose to type them in full, since where not in a game and i'm not under fire or driving towards a cliff.

On the other hand from my system operator days at highschool i've seen a 14 year old girl tYpInG lIkE tHiS OmGlOlWTF at atleast 450+ strokes a minute, in an email. I was just as suprised that she typed that fast as that she did it in an email. I still wonder if she could type that fast normally.

RE: Good...
By inperfectdarkness on 7/8/2011 4:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
i did pick up a bit of speed doing papers, but i developed the greatest amount of speed from typing in games. not player control; chat.

and that's why to this very day i maintain that wannabees use voice; real men type. when you're trying not to get typekilled, you learn to hammer out sentences VERY fast.

RE: Good...
By borismkv on 7/7/2011 4:23:25 PM , Rating: 2
I learned to type playing MUDs and BBS Doors. Nothing makes you learn to type quickly like the possibility of having to type n,s,e, or w 7 hundred times to get back to where your body was because you couldn't type run fast enough.

RE: Good...
By tng on 7/7/2011 3:47:51 PM , Rating: 2
Like everyone my age I learned cursive in school early.

In college I was required to fill out lab notebooks hand printed so it could be read. After four years of that I found that I did not even recall how to write in cursive except for my signature.

I did away with my cursive signature several years ago as well and now have a printed signature.

RE: Good...
By Danger D on 7/8/2011 5:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
I use my signet ring and courier.

By chromal on 7/7/2011 2:06:04 PM , Rating: 3
We are so screwed when the EMP attack hits.

RE: scary
By torpor on 7/7/2011 3:40:28 PM , Rating: 2
Zombies can't write cursive either.

RE: scary
By tng on 7/7/2011 3:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
But most of us can run faster than the zombies...

RE: scary
By borismkv on 7/7/2011 4:36:28 PM , Rating: 2
An EMP attack wouldn't be nearly as devastating as Hollywood would like you to believe.

RE: scary
By titanmiller on 7/7/2011 8:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
We need to keep our typewriter factories ready for production on a moment's notice.

RE: scary
By ARoyalF on 7/7/2011 9:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, just harvest feathers for quills.

It is all but dead in the my kid's schools...
By tlbj6142 on 7/7/2011 1:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
I have 3 children in public schools (Ohio), my oldest will be in 8th grade this fall. None of my children have had more than the most basic cursive writing lessons. They were (are) taught during 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. And for 6th, and 7th grade it is not even discussed.

I suspect it will be dropped from our curriculum in a few more years.

RE: It is all but dead in the my kid's schools...
By tlbj6142 on 7/7/2011 1:24:15 PM , Rating: 2
One more thing...

I think the primary reason it is taught in school is for reading comprehension, not for actually writing. I guess they want to make sure you can still read Grandma's Xmas card.

RE: It is all but dead in the my kid's schools...
By tng on 7/7/2011 4:00:17 PM , Rating: 1
Do you really need to understand what she wrote before you take the money she sent in it out and toss it in the trash?

By Hyperion1400 on 7/8/2011 9:02:46 PM , Rating: 2
What's to understand? It's always some variation of "I love you."

Where's the beef?
By Taft12 on 7/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: Where's the beef?
By Myrandex on 7/7/2011 1:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'm all the way with you there. I'm a mathematician as well, and I teach part time at a local university and no calculators are allowed at all for in class work. I feel there is a time and place for it, but they are over used way too much in society. Too many kids going through elementary school can't even multiple without one its a shame.

And yea I'm all for this as well.


RE: Where's the beef?
By fcx56 on 7/7/2011 1:12:58 PM , Rating: 2
Very nice to see you read through the source material but couldn't even do the due diligence as far as looking above the article to see who actually wrote it before slandering another author. I hope you actually are a math student because your reading comprehension is horrible.

RE: Where's the beef?
By bigboxes on 7/7/2011 3:06:12 PM , Rating: 2
Mick? FAIL.

By VeauX on 7/7/2011 5:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
That will make recruiter task easier in the private industry. You don't know how to handwrite? you are not even considered to get the job because you are lazy.

RE: Excellent!
By erikstarcher on 7/7/2011 6:49:11 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to be equating handwriting with cursive and they are not one and the same. Handwriting doesn't have to be in cursive, just written by hand.

RE: Excellent!
By Fritzr on 7/11/2011 12:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
Handwriting is the cursive script
Handprinting is the block script

The letters are the same in both scripts. All the fancy loops and whorls of basic cursive are simply the trace of the pen moving to the next point where it would next touch the paper if block letters were being written.

The Q that looks like the number 2 developed from lazy writers. They fail to draw the complete loop. It is correct today, because this lazy form was adopted as the standard Q by handwriting teachers. This is not universal, other style guides close the loop on letter Q

The letter F shown in the graphic is the form that caused me to get a failing grade in handwriting :) The correct form according to my teachers has the tail on the foot going left, coming up and crossing the upright to become the initial stroke of the next letter. The extra slash is not used. The capital T starts in exactly the same way, but the tail on the foot goes right and forms the initial stroke of the next letter. So even in the standardized cursive forms there is some disagreement :)

For people who have learned both block and cursive, and continue to practice both forms...cursive is always faster. Cursive came into being after all when writers rushed while writing and did not raise the pen at the end of each stroke :)

When someone is complimented on their handwriting, the writing in question is always cursive. If they are complimented on their neat printing it means they used block letters (written by hand, it does not refer to the beautiful output of a laser printer :P )

Cursive script is available as a computer font, so children will still need to learn to read the various forms of cursive script :)

Also children will still need to be able to read old documents and new handwritten notes. Of course they do have the option of taking Mom's note to the university and having a scholar translate the archaic forms :P

They will also need to be able to scribble a quick note that can be read by someone else without assistance. If they need to whip out a wordprocessor and printer to leave a note pinned to the fridge, they will be in serious trouble :P

Removing the writing half of reading and writing from schools will pose problems that are already being seen in China. People can read written material, but far too often in modern times they are unable to write the language without a word processor of some kind.

Machine writing means they no longer practice hand writing & they lose the ability to write even though they have no problem reading.

Lost skills
By dragonbif on 7/7/2011 2:00:43 PM , Rating: 2
Where I grew up in Alaska they were talking about this back in 1988. They ended up still making cursive required starting at 4th to 8th grade but we still had to do some in class impromptu hand written papers in high school. One of the reasons that they still required it was because they not only wanted us to write well when we had to but it helped with our hand dexterity.

Typing however was required starting at 5th to 8th grade and 2 years in high school. When I was in 6th grade, I remember having to to to the computer lab with my class to practice typing(35 old Apple II GS computers at the time). The goal was to have each kid able to type 30 words a min without looking at the keyboard (they covered your hands with a cloth). At the end of your 6th grade year they gave you a certificate indicating your end of the year average for typing. I don't remember what mine was now so I couldn't tell you if you asked ;)

I would have to say the typing skill I gained have been invaluable to me in high school and in college. Now that I am in my profession it still is invalualbe and one of my best skills. However from time to time, I do sometimes use cursive and having nice handwriting leaves others with a better impression than some ugly scrawl I see. Most people do not carry a printer with them everywhere they go. I also sometimes wonder if practicing cursive the year before typing helped with my hand dexterity in more ways than just hand writing. I remember it was hard workk making each of those letters but even harder to put them into one word because it took a lot of dedication and practice. Learning should be about more than just learning a task but you should be able to apply it to more even if you dont know that you do. To me I believe it was a bad idea to take cursive out as a requirement and they should have found a way to do both. I wonder how those kids will turn out?

RE: Lost skills
By VoodooChicken on 7/8/2011 12:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
In Texas, at least our school district, we learned cursive in 3rd grade (our class was the last to start because the teacher had a pinched nerve and had to wear a splint for a few months), and typing in 6th grade (PAWS). I did take a typing class in 10th grade as an elective (literally nothing else available during my free period). I actually appreciate that one because we got to use actual typewriters to start with before going to computers (1995).

I lost my lump many years ago.
By jabber on 7/7/2011 2:06:20 PM , Rating: 4
You know...the little lump on your middle finger that built up over the years at school after using a pen.

I'm 40 and I find writing more than "so and so called on 0125558887744 and wants a call back!" exhausting.

No way could I go back to the days of writing 4 sides of A4 for an english essay.

However, I have always struggled with bad handwriting. I tried and I tried as a kid to write better but my letters never flowed neatly. The odd thing is I found this year that if I write and dont join up my letters they are far far neater and it looks like it was written by someone else.


Why stop there?
By frobizzle on 7/7/2011 3:00:55 PM , Rating: 2
Why not get rid of reading, too? After all, we have podcasts and audio books, speech synthesis so who really needs to know how to read?


RE: Why stop there?
By undermined on 7/8/2011 3:56:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and it's reasoning like this that has let the schools in the USA become the foremost in the world and a pinnicle of modern learning..... NOT

even teaching typing is so backward for how the kids going forward will interact with information going forward.

You cannot really Touchtype on a touch screen and most kids thumbtype on a phone.

the modern keyboard (qwerty) goes back to the time when fountain pens were high tech and is a antiquated method for input.

I'd rather have multiple languages taught mandatory. Spanish for sure, Chinese or Swahili depending on were most of the worlds business is heading .

Most of all teaching proper grammar and punctuation would help better from both a productivity standpoint and a legibility standpoint. Plus it helps in translation if the sentence structure is proper and the proper form of each word is used.

I think it is kinda crazy how in most other 1st world countries the general population can speak English as well or better than the countries were English is the primary language but somehow measures like this are acceptable education methods.

Hell in Japan there Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana and Romaji(this one isn't a proper on but is widely used in multi-launguage situations,) methods of writing and while not all 4 types are seen in daily use people still have to be able to read and in at minimum 2 of them as gradeschoolers, let alone adults.

If this was truly about embracing the future the schools would look at human/device input methods and teach an effective means for the future not remove a old method and replace it with anther outdated one that is loosing relevance.

All this is to me is the teachers cannot write proper cursive and they still are paying down copies of reader rabbit to run on old aple IIes on lease.

Work on it
By rburnham on 7/7/2011 4:13:08 PM , Rating: 2
If emails from co-workers and family members are any indication, there are a lot of people well out of school who need to learn basic spelling and typing skills. Holy crap, it is awful out there. Text messaging or even instant messaging I can forgive. But an email, especially at work, needs to have proper spelling and grammar.

RE: Work on it
By 91TTZ on 7/11/2011 1:47:18 PM , Rating: 2
Quoted for truth.

Dangerous precedent
By TheDoc9 on 7/7/2011 2:17:41 PM , Rating: 1
Future generations unable to write can be assured of being taken advantage of and manipulated.

RE: Dangerous precedent
By erikstarcher on 7/7/2011 6:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
People unable to read can be assured of being taken advantage of and manipulated.

They are still being taught to write, just not in cursive.

The Three R's Are Dead...
By Arsynic on 7/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: The Three R's Are Dead...
By Camikazi on 7/7/2011 3:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
Reading, Riting and Rithmetic, didn't you learn anything in school?! :P

By BurnItDwn on 7/7/2011 2:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
They should not make it optional. It should not be taught in public schools. It's a worthless skill and a waste of money for it to be taught in school.

Cursive needs to die.

Where does this go from here?
By tng on 7/7/2011 3:57:09 PM , Rating: 2
I envision in the future people who have no idea of how to type much less write a proper sentence in English.

How many times have you seen people do shortcuts like "where U @ bro?" or the one everybody uses "LOL".

Oh how my first English teacher would cry over this....

not a problem
By Murloc on 7/7/2011 5:05:10 PM , Rating: 2
after the elementary school most students stop writing in cursive anyway, and use a script often similar to printed text.
I can't write in cursive and I invented a signature with all the letters linked.

I can see how this makes sense. Less time learning a style that no one is going to use later in life, and more time learning keyboard typing.

same in Hamburg
By sonicson on 7/7/2011 5:39:36 PM , Rating: 2
The german city state of Hamburg has decided to stop teaching children cursive in elementary schools starting this fall. Instead children will learn a new 'basic script':

Bad Idea
By Ninhalem on 7/8/2011 2:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
Removing cursive writing from the schools is generally a bad idea in my opinion. In the business world, you need to be able to write in the cursive format because it displays a level of professionalism that distinguishes you from every other joe. To me it's a melancholy experience to see most of our culture disappear into a media format that is somewhat easy to compromise and destroy.

By icanhascpu on 7/8/2011 4:16:41 PM , Rating: 2
choice. Slowly etching away at what makes people unique. What next?

Cursive still useful IMO.
By makken on 7/8/2011 10:44:32 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree that typing should definitely be taught early on, I still find there are many uses for cursive and it warrants a place in the curriculum of primary education.

As mentioned, there is the need for it for signing documents. It is also needed to read older documents--the declaration of independence for example.

Also, it is extremely useful in academics. When you get to college and your midterm consist of writing a 3+ page paper in the course of a hour lecture period, you'll be happy you know how to write quickly in cursive.

Death By Keyboard
By ansbacher06 on 7/9/2011 10:38:12 PM , Rating: 2
There are a number of solid studies published in the past few years that have established how handwriting trains the brain and that the act of learning to write improves intelligence and intelligence potential. Forming letters is key to learning, memory, and ideas. I suspect that the folks in Indiana didn't get around to examining such literature, much of which is a result of recent improvements in our ability to study brain activity. This could be a leap backward for the children who will no longer learn to write.

By ddownes on 7/10/2011 1:52:18 AM , Rating: 2
after reading through the comments, I feel I might be that odd person that combines cursive and print to write as fast as possible...

By 91TTZ on 7/11/2011 1:54:05 PM , Rating: 2
Imagine a day when all the ruling class has to do is write in cursive to exclude the lower classes from the information. It'll be just like back in the day when the ruling class affiliated with the church was able to speak Latin but nobody else could. When it came time to discuss important things, it was done in Latin.

Why stop there?
By frobizzle on 7/7/2011 3:00:47 PM , Rating: 1
Why not get rid of reading, too? After all, we have podcasts and audio books, speech synthesis so who really needs to know how to read?


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