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Cursive writing vs Typing Options
Atiya
Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 11:08:29 PM
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Do you think that its time that cursive writing education should be replaced with trying education in schools for 1-2 graders ?

Cursive writing was taught so that we can write faster and communicate well, but we all know how the times have changed and now the communication is more through the internet. Students are asked to send their assignments to the teacher's emailId and the assignments received after a fixed time is considered late. And because some students can type faster that doesn't mean that they have the "skills". The coming days are not going to go back to the ink pen and writing on paper for sure.

So what do you think about this?

jcbarros
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:57:44 AM

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Changing times...
B355E
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:23:00 AM
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Why replace? Why not teach them both? Besides, I don't think it takes a great effort to teach typing, there are very good exercises and games for that.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 2:22:34 AM
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Yes... I agree with B355E. We should teach them both. In my opinion, typewriting cannot replace Cursive writing. At the same time, children should be taught typing also to make them familier with computer keyboard to work on a computer. Also, playing some sortof games make them feel ease while working with the computer.
Tovarish
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 2:31:12 AM
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We had a post on cursive some time ago, maybe someone can research it???
Gwen
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 6:54:57 AM
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I'm a junior in high school and I remember way back in 3rd grade, we were taught cursive. I still use a little of it now, especially when I'm taking notes, but for the most part a use 1/2 print and 1/2 cursive. However, we don't have to use cursive, even though I remember my 3rd grade teacher telling us that we would.
So I agree with B355E, in this day and age, knowing both cursive and typing is very valuable, as teens use their computer for projects, homework, Facebook, ect.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:08:48 AM
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I feel we should teach both. As a writer, there are times when writing by hand somehow brings out more of the muse in me than the keyboard.
B355E
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:37:39 AM
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Tovarish wrote:
We had a post on cursive some time ago, maybe someone can research it???


cursive
richsap
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:34:43 PM
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Sometimes I wonder if typing/keyboarding should be replaced with texting. Dancing

Why not invent a keyboard that is built in the form of a cellular phone, and a software program to decipher text messages into real English?

They used to teach shorthand back in the day also... a precursor to text messaging?
Tovarish
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:56:00 PM
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Thank you, B355E, saves a lot of re-writing.
Babezy
Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:51:02 PM
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I like cursive because it's easier on my wrists, and it's so fun to write. Cursive handwriting seems more distinctive to me than printing--it has more personality. But yes, definitely teach typing (especially for people whose handwriting is distinctive enough to be unreadable).
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Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 10:03:53 AM

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When the power goes out typing isn't really very productive.
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Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2010 2:57:57 AM
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Cursive handwriting gets quite useful in college where you have to make tons of notes and write very fast after the lecturer.
Atiya
Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2010 10:18:40 AM
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Handwriting tells us about the personality, this is something I heard everywhere and many times looked hard into friends handwritings. Many times they were correct. Now nobody will talks about those things.

Win
Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2010 12:00:08 PM
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Leave alone cursive, writing itself is taking a back seat, I guess. Not long time ago, I had the habbit of scibbling something or the other in my diary without fail before dozing off at night...now a days I find myself cuddling up with my laptop or mobile texting mails/messages. Changing times....for sure.
GeorgeV
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nowadays
HWNN1961
Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:48:16 AM
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I usually type,

Anyone forced to attempt to decipher my hand writing often ends up cursive.
Sparrow
Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2010 6:53:42 PM
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Win wrote:
Leave alone cursive, writing itself is taking a back seat, I guess. Not long time ago, I had the habbit of scibbling something or the other in my diary without fail before dozing off at night...now a days I find myself cuddling up with my laptop or mobile texting mails/messages. Changing times....for sure.

I have the same habit, still. I keep a diary, it was a regular paper note-book, but recently, on the impulse, I have started an e-diary, in my computer. It is fun! Mainly because of endless editing opportunities - you can change, add, delete, whatever, and your notes remain nice and tidy. It may contradict the very idea of a diary where entries (supposedly) should be impromptu, but what the hell. I do it entirely for myself and who cares if I like to play with my writings...
So... You may want to make e-notes on your laptop before dozing off.
bturpin
Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2010 7:32:25 PM
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HWNN1961 wrote:
I usually type,

Anyone forced to attempt to decipher my hand writing often ends up cursive.


Applause clever! I am with you on that. Luckily only a few forms require to be handwritten at work so I'm good.
mimosa
Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 4:17:32 PM
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What's the difference between 'cursive' handwriting and 'just normal' handwriting?
RuthP
Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 6:38:17 PM

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mimosa wrote:
What's the difference between 'cursive' handwriting and 'just normal' handwriting?

Hi mimosa,

Cursive handwriting is probably what you are calling "just normal" handwriting. It is contrasted with printing. In cursive writing, the letters of a word are joined. In printing, each letter is formed as a separate unit.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 7:12:26 PM

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In Finnish cursive is called kaunokirjoitus (style writing, figure writing?) which Google translates as calligraphy or penmanship. Printing is called tekstaus (texting) which translates as lettering or printing.

Since my school days the handwriting has been changed three times.

Why isn't handwriting called script writing or scripting?
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