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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    This very well be the first time I have agreed with anything the Texas school system has done.

    You will please excuse me while I go lay down and decide if I need to check myself in somewhere....

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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    In Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, (countries that use the Cyrillic alphabet), proficiency in cursive writing is required to graduate from primary school.

    Cursive writing in the US during the Civil War period was quite beautiful.


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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanngrisnir View Post
    In today's age of overwhelmingly digital communications? Cursive adds nothing, is useless and detracts from time and effort best spend elsewhere.

    To compare it to drawing, painting and orchestra is asinine. Cursive isn't fine art.
    If the written word was merely a form of conveying information and nothing more then I would agree with you. But simply saying "it isn't art" is modern philistinism. There is a reason we had a thing called "penmanship" at one time. Writing is both a means of communication and an art.



    Taking away cursive writing classes does nothing to enrich the lives of our children. I think we are better served by keeping this and every art we can in place.
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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    What a waste. Why not teach the kids how to use an 8 track player or use flashbulbs, or how to manually dial a phone?

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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    What a waste. Why not teach the kids how to use an 8 track player or use flashbulbs, or how to manually dial a phone?
    When there was a rotary phone, it was so much easier to dial the alphabet numbers. 1 800 CALL NOW, I need to hunt and peck on these on the touch phone.

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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    Nothing wrong at all with teaching proficiency in cursive, provided it isn't used to sacrifice proficiency in computers, STEM related curriculae, and of course, critical thinking. Texas is not doing itself any favors if it ultimately winds up cranking out a generation of graduates who write beautifully but cannot grasp 21st century basics of life.

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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Felis Leo View Post
    If the written word was merely a form of conveying information and nothing more then I would agree with you. But simply saying "it isn't art" is modern philistinism. There is a reason we had a thing called "penmanship" at one time. Writing is both a means of communication and an art.



    Taking away cursive writing classes does nothing to enrich the lives of our children. I think we are better served by keeping this and every art we can in place.
    This seems really rough for some people. The primary way of communicating the written word isn't ornate script on paper any longer.

    You need to consider that art? Fine. Go out and sponsor some classes in it.

    In the meantime, it's a complete waste of money, time and man hours to teach an anachronism.
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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    Recently, as a stopgap measure, I completed a holographic will, using cursive, which I assume was necessary to prove it was written by me.
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    Re: Texas schools bringing cursive back to classrooms

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertU View Post
    Recently, as a stopgap measure, I completed a holographic will, using cursive, which I assume was necessary to prove it was written by me.
    That is not altogether a dumb idea. It's actually a very smart idea.
    I have done the same, in partial manner.
    I am not saying it's smart because I did it.
    Someone else mentioned it years ago and I thought it was smart back then, too and I just picked up on it and did the same.
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