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[–] Empress 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I don't think it would be much of a loss if people stopped knowing how to write in cursive.

I respectfully disagree. Our historical documents are written in cursive and people should be able to read them first hand.

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[–] Mathurin1911 ago 

I respectfully disagree. Our historical documents are written in cursive and people should be able to read them first hand.

The Magna Carta is written in Latin, so are the bibles that our modern translations come from. Time moves on.

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[–] Empress ago 

Good point but kids still take latin in school (at least i think they do).

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[–] NeedPolyGF [S] ago 

Are you sure they're in cursive? I thought it was just fancy printing.

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[–] Empress ago  (edited ago)

Positive they're cursive.

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[–] junesunflower 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Our historical documents are written in cursive and people should be able to read them first hand.

Jesus fucking Christ, this argument again.

Listen up. There are 52 letters in total between upper and lower case. Here is what they look like side by side

Here are the letters in cursive that look so different from print, that one would need to be told what they are. Upper Case: G, I, L, S, & Z. Lower Case: b, e, f, r, s, and z. That is eleven letters. It would take all of fifteen minutes (thirty in your case) to show somebody how to read cursive, and that when they come up to one of the cursive letters that don't look like any normal print letters, what that letter is.

Fifteen minutes of instruction, and maybe an hour or two of practice reading actual cursive (like them historical documents). And anyone can read cursive.

Edit: Also, very few people want to read the constitution, or declaration of independence, or other similar documents in the original script because it is a pain in the ass. And if they are so inclined, then can take the 15 minutes to learn how to read cursive and find a really great copy of one of the docs.

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[–] Empress ago 

Impressive that you'd be ale to teach someone to read this in 15 minutes.

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[–] Mathurin1911 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

33, I can print, though my handwriting isnt what I would call good.

I can kinda write in cursive, but I never do and havent for years, so I probably really cant.

I cant speak for everyone, but my education started with printing, moved to a sort of curlyqued print that was supposed to help the transition, then to cursive. I got the print, I got the half-print (still basically write with that) but never picked up cursive, at least not more than was needed to pass the tests. I was in the generation that went from "This paper must be typed" (cue groan) to all papers, documents, notes, everything is typed.

I write my name really fast and loose to make a signature, it comes out sort of cursivy.

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[–] NeedPolyGF [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Well, your printing here looks really good.

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[–] Rellik88 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

30's can write in print and cursive. Still taught cursive when I went to school.

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Probably meant cursive.

Ive asked about cursive before and the majority opinion was that cursive is useless.

I disagree.

I also hate the Twitter 144 character or less believers. Retards.

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[–] Elcycs 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

People under 40, can you print?

Yeah. Ctrl-P.

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[–] NeedPolyGF [S] ago 

You didn't print that by hand, did you?

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[–] Elcycs ago  (edited ago)

Sure did. Used a real keyboard and everything. :)

I see some 18-21 year old kids at work, sort of an intern thing. Many of them have better handwriting than I do. I don't know that anyone writes in cursive anymore, that's almost certainly what the video you mentioned was talking about. For what it's worth, they can read it and sort of barely write it, they just don't. I'm under 40 and in the same boat... really out of practice writing cursive. Dropped that the second I wasn't required to do it anymore.

Oh, and yes. The kids still sign their names in cursive. Well, the ones I see do it.

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[–] Likeitirish ago 

Learning cursive is important for brain development, much the same way that learning to play a musical instrument is. Cursive learning has been linked to higher IQs, improved memory, hand eye coordination etc.

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[–] Fambida ago 

I haven't written in cursive since 6th or 7th grade when I learned it. As for printing, well, it's ugly, but it's legible. And my signature is neither cursive nor print. It's a squiggle